Hickam Air Force Base

War Ruins in South Oahu

Hickam Air Force Base

Hickam Air Force Base Hickam Air Force Base

• Monuments
• A-26 "Invader"
• Headquaters & Hangers
• Jet Fighters
• Battery Barri & Battery Chandler
• Battery Hasbrouck
• Battery Hawkins
• Battery Jackson
• Battery Selfridge
• Battery Closson

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⌈Monuments⌋

Monuments Monuments "Hickam Air Force Base" here is a part of Joint Base Perl Harbor and consists of 2850 acres of land. The base was named after Lt. Col. Horace Meek Hickam who had advocated the airpower at the beginnings of aviation. The runways are shared with Honolulu International Airport next to the base. (←)

There is a flag pole inside the rotary in the central part of the base. (→)

Monuments Monuments This is World War II Flyers Memorial honaring all the brave soldiers who server and flew in the U.S. Army Air Forces during the war. (←)

The model on the pedestal is P-40 "Warhawk" that was the main fighter on Perl Harbor. (→)

Monuments Monuments At the attack on Pearl Harbor, the Ace pilots Kenneth M. Taylor and George Welch claimed to shoot down two D3A "Val" from Kaga with P-40s whose manerverbility was much worse than A6M "Zero".

There are many monuments around here. (←)

This is a cenotaph where names of people killed in Hickam field at attak on Pearl Harbor were inscribed. (→)

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Monuments Monuments

The base isn't open to public. You need to be accompanied by a staff to pass a security gate.

There is a rotary in the central part of the base. Monuments are located inside the rotary.

⌈A-26 "Invader"⌋

A-26 "Invader" A-26 "Invader" A-26 is displayed just out side of the rotary.(←)

A-26 nicknamed "Invader" was a United States twin-engined light attack bomber and the only combat plane to serve in World War II, the Korean War, and the Vietnam War. (→)

A-26 "Invader" A-26 "Invader" A-26 was first thrown into west New Guinea to bomb Japanese-held island on summer 1944. But many operations weren't conducted before end of the war.(←)

Many variants had been produced and exported. Last one was retired at Colombian Air Force in 1980. (→)

A-26 "Invader" A-26 "Invader" The aircraft on display was type RB-26C that was converted from B-26C (Marauder) and unarmed photo reconnaissance variant carrying cameras and flash flares for night photography. (←)

It was assigned to the 67th tactical reconnaissance wing at Kinpo Air Base during the Korian War. (→)

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A-26 "Invader" A-26 "Invader"

There is a rotary in the central part of the base.

B-26 is located on the northwest of the rotary.

⌈Headquaters & Hangers⌋

Headquaters & Hangers Headquaters & Hangers The building on the rotary opposite A-26 is the headquarters of Pacific Air Forces and used to be the Big Barracks when Pearl Harbor was attacked in 1941. (←)

On the early morning December 7, the Japanese six aircraft carriers, Akagi, Kaga, Shokaku, Zuikaku, Souryu, and Hiryu lunched 350 planes by two waves. (→)

Headquaters & Hangers Headquaters & Hangers Boards in front of the building explain how Japanese planes attacked here and what the building have been used for. (←)

The first attack wave of 183 planes was lunched at 6:00 A.M. from 230 nautical miles north from Oahu Island and the second of 167 was also lunched at 7:30 from 200 nautical miles.

Headquaters & Hangers Headquaters & Hangers While battleships in Pearl Harbor were targeted mainly, airfields were also attacked to prevent U.S. fighters from taking off to intercept Japanese bombers.

Innumerable damages are left on the wall of the barracks next to the old runway. (→)

Headquaters & Hangers Headquaters & Hangers Some of them seems to have been damaged by not only guns but also bombs. (←)

Nine D3A1 "Val", dive bomber called "Kyukyu-Kanbaku" in Japanese, from the first wave and twenty-seven B5N2 "Kate", torpedo bomber called "kyunana-Kanko", from the second wave were assigned to attack Hickam field.

Headquaters & Hangers Headquaters & Hangers The B5N2 "Kate" just about to take off in this picture taken on Zuikaku was heading toward Hickam airfield with a general purpouse bomb in the second wave. (←)

A6M2 "Zero", fighter called "Zero-Sen" had been originally assigned to protect them against U.S. intercepters, but joined with the bombers attacking the air field, because the intercepters were hardly able to take off.

Headquaters & Hangers Headquaters & Hangers You can see B5N2 "Kate" from Shokaku flying over attacked Hickam field in the picture.(←)

The picture expanded from marked portion of the left picture shows the Barracks and hangers here. (→)

Headquaters & Hangers Headquaters & Hangers Here are hangers just behind the headquaters. (←)

Most of U.S. aircrafts weren't in bunkers, and just placed side by side on the ground because they thought that the possibility of Japanese attack wasn't high enough to make them to prepare for it. (→)

Headquaters & Hangers Headquaters & Hangers There were total of about 400 U.S. aircrafts on the air fields in Oahu Island, and 188 of them were destroyed and 155 were damaged.

This picture showing a damaged hanger was taken just after the air raid. (←)

The external appearance looks similar to the old one. It seems to have been restored and used until today. (→)

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Headquaters & Hangers Headquaters & Hangers

The headquaters is located on the south of the rotary.

The Hangers are just behind of the headquaters.

⌈Jet Fighters⌋

Jet Fighters Jet Fighters Four jet fightes are displayed here. (←)

This is F-86E whose first model flew in 1947. Other fighters are F15A, F-4C, and F-102A. (→)

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Jet Fighters Jet Fighters

Go to southwest on Worthington Ave. from the rotary. The fighters are located on the left side of the Ave.

The fighters are located on the left side of the Ave.

⌈Battery Barri & Battery Chandler⌋

Battery Barri & Battery Chandler Battery Barri & Battery Chandler "Battery Barri" with 4.7-inch guns and "Battery Chandler" with two 3-inch guns used to be here. (←)

The batteries were turned into a park with the monument in the shape of aircrafts. (→)

"Battery Barri" was named after Capt. Thomas O Barri killed in American Civil War in 1863. (←)

Battery Barri & Battery Chandler Battery Barri & Battery Chandler "Battery Chandler" was named after First Lieut. Rex Chandler killed in an plane accident.

Here, looking south, you get a view of the narrow strait of Pearl Harbor. (←)

The strait extends inland deeply. Navy fleet should be over there. (→)

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Battery Barri & Battery Chandler Battery Barri & Battery Chandler

Go to southwest on Worthington Ave. from the rotary. There is a parking area on the left side of the aveneu, just before the aveneu curving left.

you can walk from the parking to south, and the monument is just on this side of the water.

⌈Battery Hasbrouck⌋

Battery Hasbrouck Battery Hasbrouck "Battery Hasbrouck" left here was constructed through 1909 to 1914. It was named after Gen. Henry Comelius Hasbrouck (1839-1910) during American Civil War and had eight 12-inch mortars with maximum range of 15000 yards. (←)

This battery has two gun platforms with four round concrete bases for each platform. The 12-inch mortar was mounted on the each concrete base. (→)

Battery Hasbrouck Battery Hasbrouck Each gun platform was protected by a rampart on three sides. The two platforms are located side by side, wihch is same layout as Battery Harlow in Fort Ruger near Diamond Head. (←)

A command post was set up on the center of the rampart to inform the mortars of an aiming point, because direct view from the platforms was shut out by the rampart. You can look down the both platforms from the command post. (→)

Battery Hasbrouck Battery Hasbrouck This is a veiw of south side (to the sea) from the top of the rampart whose hight is about 20 ft. It's not enough high to see far away. (←)

The rampart was made of concrete and coverd by soil. Inside the rampart, there are rooms which might be used as magazines or barracks. Ventilators were equipped on the top of the rampart. (→)

Battery Hasbrouck Battery Hasbrouck The picture on this board shows an operation of 12-inch mortor in 1930's. (←)

Most of those doors on the passage are locked, but one unlocked door is to be an entry point to the inside. (→)

Battery Hasbrouck Battery Hasbrouck The rooms are in complete darkness without a flush light. It seems to be a ventilation system. (←)

Ducts are equipped throuh each room. There are many chambers like this. (→)

Battery Hasbrouck Battery Hasbrouck It seems a mail box. (←)

A toilet bowl without a door. Washers are besides the toilet bowl. (→)

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Battery Hasbrouck Battery Hasbrouck

When going south on Vickers Ave. from the rotary, turn left on Fort Kam Rd. There are trees on the right side of the road in half a mile after turning on Fort Kam Rd.

There is a dirt field behind the trees, and the battery is located on the west of the field.

⌈Battery Hawkins⌋

Battery Hawkins Battery Hawkins "Battery Hawkins" left here was constructed in 1941. It was named after Gen. Hamilton Smith Hawkins (1834-1910) during American Civil War. (←)

From sea side, it looks like a mere embankment covered by grass. (→)

Battery Hawkins Battery Hawkins At the center of the battery, there is an observing station accompanied by two gun platforms. A steel cover is left around the observing station. (←)

Noting is left inside exept a broken concrete pole. It might be a stand of a range finder or a telescope. (→)

Battery Hawkins Battery Hawkins A circular iron mount is left on the each gun platform. (←)

These are accessible through steps behind them. A 3-inch quick firing gun with maximum range of 6000 yards was mounted on each platform. (→)

Battery Hawkins Battery Hawkins There is another embankment without a gun platform near the battery. (←)

There is a room under the embankment with an entrance on its backside. It might be an magazine for the battery. (→)

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Battery Hawkins Battery Hawkins

When going south on Vickers Ave. from the rotary, turn left on Fort Kam Rd, and turn right on Seaman Ave. There is the battery on the right side of the aveneu in a mile after turning on Seaman Ave.

The battery is located just behind the beach.

⌈Battery Jackson⌋

Battery Jackson Battery Jackson "Battery Jakson" left here was constructed in 1913. It was named after Gen. Richard H Jackson in American Civil War. (←)

Two 6-inch guns with maximum range of 15000 yards were generally hidden in the shelter, while pulled outside to open fire. (→)

Battery Jackson Battery Jackson In addition to the shelter for the guns, an air-ride shelter was constructed in 1915.

There is a building for 201st Combat Communications Group.(←)

Parking spot for figters can be seen from here. (→)

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Battery Jackson Battery Jackson

When going south on Vickers Ave. from the rotary, turn left on Fort Kam Rd, turn right on Seaman Ave., and turn left on Harbor Dr. There is the battery on the right side of the drive in 200 yards after turning into Harbor Dr.

The battery is located next to the fence separating us from the parking spot.

⌈Battery Selfridge⌋

Battery Selfridge Battery Selfridge "Battery Selfridge" left here was constructed from 1907 to 1913 and named after Lt. Thomas Etholen Selfridge (1882-1908). (←)

Two 12-inch guns with maximum range of 30000 yards were generally hidden in a shelter, while pulled outside to open fire. (→)

Battery Selfridge Battery Selfridge Trees have been grown over the battery. (←)

The picture was taken at the moment the 12-inch gun was firing. (→)

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Battery Selfridge Battery Selfridge

When going to south on Vickers Ave. from the rotary, turn left on Fort Kam Rd, and turn right on Seaman Ave.

Proceed about 400 yards after passing Harbor Dr. The battery is located on the left side.

⌈Battery Closson⌋

Battery Closson Battery Closson "Battery Closson" left here was constructed last in "Fort Kamehameha" in 1920. It was named after Gen. Henry Whitney Closson (1834-1917) during American Civil War. (←)

It has two gan emplacements with 20 ft thick ramparts. Those were trenched by 30 ft from the ground surface and didn't have roofs on it originally. This is the one on the west side.(→)

Battery Closson Battery Closson On each gun emplacement, a 12-inch cannon with maximum range of 30000 yards was mounted on a barbet which was newest at that time and able to pivot for 360 degrees. This is another one on the east side. (←)

It has been the present style seince concrete roofs were add over the cannons in 1942. Anti-air gun sites were also constructed to defend them. This picture had been taken before the roofs added. (→)

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Battery Closson Battery Closson

The battery is located between the runways. When going south on Vickers Ave. from the rotary, turn left on Fort Kam Rd, and turn right on Seaman Ave. After crossing the taxi way on Honolulu International Airport, Harbor Dr. changes to Worchester Ave.

The battery is half a mile after crossing the taxi way, and on the left side.

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