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2006/06/21 09:19:33 (permalink)
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Harmon Air Field, Guam

Anyone out there with detailed info on Harmon Air Field, in Guam? I recently obtained several documents and photos from Lt. Edward M. Potter, who served there from June-December 1945, as a Historical Officer. I've searched the site here without finding anything on Harmon Air Field. Was it called something else? How many different air fields were there on Guam? Regards, Jim

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    LarryJ
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    RE: Harmon Air Field, Guam 2006/06/21 14:42:13 (permalink)
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    In addition to Harmon Field, there were two other Army Air Force Bases.  North Field, presently named Andersen Air Force Base, was home to the 314th Bomb Wing (VH) and Northwest Field, home to the 315th Bomb Wing (VH).  The area known as Northwest Field is now a part of Andersen AFB.

    I believe that Harmon was an air depot and may have had a B-24 Group assigned.  The 3rd Photo Recon Sq may have flown out of there as well.  The documents you have may show other activities or prove that there was a B-24 Group  and 3PRS assigned there.  They sound like interesting documents to me.  What organization was Lt Potter a member of?

    It seems that Group Historical Officers only made comments on their own organizations and not too many comments about other units on the bases.  I find that true with the histories of the Groups that made up the 315th Bomb Wing.  But that was all they were assigned to do, document their units history!

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    RE: Harmon Air Field, Guam 2006/06/21 15:20:07 (permalink)
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    Pacific wrecks site has a great description of WWII Guam airfields..
     
    http://www.pacificwrecks.com/provinces/marianas_guam.html
     
     
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    RE: Harmon Air Field, Guam 2006/06/23 17:14:25 (permalink)
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    Harmon Fld (later Harmon AFB) was named after Millard Harmon (Ernest Harmon Fld/AFB in Canada was named after his twin brother) and opened in late 1944.
    It was home to the Guam Air Depot from 1945-1946 (later the Guam Air Materiel Area and then the Marianas Air Materiel Area), and the 24th(?), 25th and 56th(?) Air Depot Gps.  Air Transport Command had the 1537th AAF Base Unit and AACS had a section of the 91st AAF Base Unit there during the war. (Both had other units there from 1945-1949).
    It also served as a headquarters base for XXI Bomber Cd, 20th Air Force, and AAFs, Pacific Ocean Areas.
    More depot units arrived in 1945 as did the 4th Emergency Rescue Sq and the 30th Weather Sq.
    Flying units were stationed there after the war.  The 11th Bombardment Gp was there from 1946-1948, the 9th Bombardment Gp from 1947-1948 and the 374th Troop Carrier Gp (and later the 374th Troop Carrier Wg) from 1947-1949.  I believe the base closed in the fall of 1949.

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    RE: Harmon Air Field, Guam 2007/06/27 10:25:25 (permalink)
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    Does anyone have any information on WHEN Depot Fld was renamed Harmon Fld?  Gen. Harmon died in Feb 1945, so it was obviously after that, but have not been able to pin down a date.  Thanx!
     
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    RE: Harmon Air Field, Guam 2007/06/27 16:32:14 (permalink)
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    Anderson AFB site has it listed as 1947
    http://www.vrc-50.org/guam.htm
    In 1947, when the Air Force became a separate branch of the service, North Field was renamed North Guam AFB.
     
     
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    RE: Harmon Air Field, Guam 2007/06/27 20:26:22 (permalink)
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    Thanx for replying, Terry, but North Fld and Depot Fld were not one and the same.  North Fld became North Guam AFB and then Andersen AFB.  Unfortunately the link you sent does not say when Depot Fld was renamed.  Thanx anyway...

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    RE: Harmon Air Field, Guam 2007/06/28 11:51:48 (permalink)
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    Actually, North Field and Andersen are separate locations on the north end of Guam.  North Field had four parallel N-S runways (12K ft +) located several miles west of present day Andersen AFB.  When I was there in the 1960's, the North Field runways, taxiways, hardstands and munition bunkers were all accessible via dirt roads from outside the Andersen AFB main gate.   The area was popular for model plane flying, drag racing and deer hunting. There were no flying operations of any kind at the old North Field in the 1960's.
     
    My recollection may be wrong, but I thought the old Harmon Field evolved into NAS Agana in post war times, which is now also the commercial airport.  In the 1960's, all the MATS flights came into NAS Agana as did the once-a-week Pan Am flights.  There was also an airfield at Orote Point on the south side of Agana Harbor used by the Japanese in WW-II and by the Navy after liberation in 1944.  I do not know when the field was closed. 
     
    In the 1960's, there was one hotel on the entire Island for the civilian pilots.  Today, there are resorts and hotels galore in the Tumon Bay area as well as Agana. 
     
    Andersen AFB was a beehive of activity in the 1960's as was the entire island with several hundred thousand military personnel based at more than a dozen naval, coast guard and air force facilities.  Anderson had a SAC wing plus MATS, weather, and recon squadrons in support.  I will never forget seeing several U-2 recon planes crushed in their hangar after a large typhoon in 1963.  For some reason they were not evac'd to Kadena like the rest of the planes.
     
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    Warren B. Carah
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    RE: Harmon Air Field, Guam 2007/06/28 12:00:16 (permalink)
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    For your viewing pleasure, as found at http://www.geocities.com/alwood.geo/B29Guam/Lairfields.html
     
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    RE: Harmon Air Field, Guam 2007/06/29 22:59:43 (permalink)
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    Warren -
      What you are referring to as North Field is actually Northwest Field.  The original North Field became North Guam AFB in, I believe, 1947, and then became Andersen AFB in, again, I believe, 1950.
     
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    RE: Harmon Air Field, Guam 2007/06/30 11:24:37 (permalink)
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    Although the USAF became independent in 1947, it did not rename Fields,  Army Airfields, and Army Air Bases as Air Force Bases until 1948.  Vol II, Air Force Bases indicates that North Army Air Base (as it had become after being North Field and North Field, Guam) was renamed North Air Force Base 1 Mar 48, North Guam Air Force Base 22 Mar 48, North Field Air Force Base, Guam in Feb 49, and North Guam Air Force Base again in Mar 49.  Then, when the USAF got tired of seeing how many ways it could combine North and Guam , it renamed it Andersen AFB 7 Oct 49.
     
    Note that Gary's question is when Depot Field was renamed Harmon Field, not Harmon AFB.  It was renamed Harmon AFB (from Harmon Field) on 26 Mar 48.

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    Re:Harmon Air Field, Guam 2009/06/08 15:34:36 (permalink)
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    My grandfather was on Guam during that time and I ran across this site that has at leaast one picture of Harmon Field: 

    http://www.powmiaff.org/20thAAF/index.html

    Try the old Newsletters and Supply Groups. 

    http://www.powmiaff.org/20thAAF/More/20thAAFNewsletters/front_page_20th_AF_Newsletter.jpg

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    Re:Harmon Air Field, Guam 2009/06/08 19:33:25 (permalink)
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    Pacific wrecks site..had this:
     
    Depot Field (Harmon Field)

    1944
     
    Construction
    Built by American forces as a B-29 aircraft depot and maintenance base. Later renamed Harmon Field in honor of Lt. General Millard F. Harmon, who died in a C-87 41-24174 in 1945.

     
     
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