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Japanese Attack on Wheeler Field
December 7, 1941

Wheeler Field was attacked before Pearl Harbor on that fateful day because the Japanese wanted to destroy any military aircraft that could thwart their plan to bomb the Pearl Harbor.

Pictured below are the remains of a destroyed P-40 aircraft after the Japanese attack on Wheeler Field on December 7, 1941.

Japanese Attack on Pearl Harbor
Photo Courtesy of the U.S. National Park Service

In 1941 Wheeler Air Field was the headquarters of 14th Pursuit Wing and 15th and 18th Pursuit Groups. About 90 (135?) aircraft were assigned there. Wheeler Airfield Hanger #4 is in the background of the above picture.

Japanese Attack on Wheeler Airfield
Wheeler Air Field was attacked during the first wave of the Japanese attack on Pearl Harbor on December 7, 1941. 25 Jpaanese dive bombers dropped about 35 bombs on Wheeler field hangers and air strips. During the attack only four fighters from the 46th Pursuit Squadron were able to take off and attack the Japanese. Wheeler Airfield was attacked again during the second wave of the Japanese attack. The attack on Wheeler Airfield ended at 9:45 a.m.

Damage After the Japanese Attack on Wheeler
-83 aircraft destroyed
-38 enlisted men were killed
-59 men were wounded but not killed

More About the December 7, 1941 Attack
- All Sites Attacked on December 7, 1941
- Photos of the Pearl Harbor Attack

See also:
- Aerial Photo of the Attach on Wheeler Airfield
- Introduction to Wheeler Army Airfield
- Other Military Bases in Hawaii

About Pearl Harbor
- Photos of the Japanese Attack on Pearl Harbor
- Planning a Visit to Pearl Harbor
- Aerial Photos of Pearl Harbor Today

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