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Harmon Air Force Base
Depot Field

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Part of Twentieth Air Force (FEAF)
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Harmon Field, Guam, 16 December 1944
Type Military Airfield
Coordinates 13°30′0″N 144°48′30″E / 13.5°N 144.80833°E / 13.5; 144.80833
Built 1944
In use 1944-1949
Controlled by United States Army Air Forces
United States Air Force

Harmon Air Force Base is a former World War II United States Army Air Forces airfield, and postwar United States Air Force Base on Guam in the Mariana Islands.

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History

Originally named "Depot Field", it was renamed in honor of Lieutenant General Millard F. Harmon, who on a routine flight from Hawaii in March 1945 over the Marshall Islands, his plane was lost. Despite the most intensive search by Army and Navy planes and surface vessels, no trace of the plane was ever found. On February 27, 1946, he was declared officially dead.

Harmon Field was the headquarters for the XXI Bomber Command and later Twentieth Air Force which directed the B-29 Superfortress strategic bombing campaign against the Japanese Home Islands. It was also a B-29 aircraft depot and maintenance facility.

Harmon was used operationally by the USAF 9th Operations Group as a base for strategic reconnaissance missions and by the 347th Troop Carrier Wing as a logistics and supply hub. Harmon also continued as maintenance depot for Far East Air Forces B-29s after the war. Harmon AFB was closed in 1949 due to budget constraints and was merged with the neighboring Naval Air Station Agana.

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References

PD-icon.svg This article incorporates public domain material from websites or documents of the Air Force Historical Research Agency.

  • Maurer, Maurer (1983). Air Force Combat Units of World War II. "Maxwell AFB, Alabama": Office of Air Force History. ISBN 0892010924.
  • www.pacificwrecks.com

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