Naval Air Station Agana

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Naval Air Station Agana
Brewer Field
Summary
Airport type Military
Owner United States Navy
Serves Guam
Location Barrigada and Tamuning, Guam
Elevation AMSL 297 ft / 91 m
Coordinates 13°29′02″N 144°47′50″E / 13.48389°N 144.79722°E / 13.48389; 144.79722Coordinates: 13°29′02″N 144°47′50″E / 13.48389°N 144.79722°E / 13.48389; 144.79722
Map
Naval Air Station Agana is located in Guam
Naval Air Station Agana
Naval Air Station Agana
Runways
Direction Length Surface
ft m
6L/24R 10,015 3,053 Asphalt/Concrete
6R/24L 10,014 3,052 Asphalt/Concrete

Naval Air Station Agana is a former United States Naval air station located on the island of Guam. It was opened by the Japanese Navy in 1943 and closed by the United States government in 1995. During and after its closure, it was operated alongside Antonio B. Won Pat International Airport.

History[edit]

The airport was built by the Japanese Navy about 1943, calling the military airfield Guamu Dai Ni (Guam No. 2) as part of their defense of the Marianas. After the island was recaptured by American forces in 1944, it was renamed Agana Airfield, due to the proximity of the town.

NAS Agana in January 1945.

After being repaired in October 1944, the United States Army Air Forces Seventh Air Force used the airfield as a base for the 11th Bombardment Group, which flew B-24 Liberator bombers from the station until being moved to Okinawa in July 1945. With the reassignment of the heavy bombers, the 41st Photographic Reconnaissance Squadron flew long range reconnaissance aircraft (F-4 versions of the P-38 Lightning) from the field until January 1946.

After the war, the USAAF used the airfield for fighter defense of the Marianas (21st Fighter Group), (549th Night Fighter Squadron) until early 1947 and as a transport hub (9th Troop Carrier Squadron). In 1947, the USAAF turned over the airfield to the United States Navy, which consolidated its facilities with those at the closing Harmon Air Force Base in 1949, and operated Naval Air Station Agana until it was closed by the 1993 Base Realignment and Closure (BRAC) Commission.[1][2][3]

Newly arrived P-47 Thunderbolts lined up in a maintenance area at Agana Airfield on March 28, 1945.

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References[edit]

 This article incorporates public domain material from the Air Force Historical Research Agency website http://www.afhra.af.mil/.

  1. ^ Maurer, Maurer (1983). Air Force Combat Units Of World War II. Maxwell AFB, Alabama: Office of Air Force History. ISBN 0-89201-092-4.
  2. ^ www.pacificwrecks.com
  3. ^ www.globalsecurity.org

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