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Flood, William J.

Colonel Flood assumed command of the main US Army Air Force base on Oahu, Wheeler Field, in November 1941. The field had 125 protective bunkers in which the aircraft could be sheltered from attack, but in response to Lieutenant-General Walter C. Short's (Short, Walter C.) orders, the Army Air Force commander Major-General Frederick L. Martin had instructed the planes to be concentrated so that they could conveniently be guarded against sabotage. Flood protested, but was over-ruled and, as at Ewa Marine Air Corps Station and Hickam Field, the attacking Japanese found nicely massed aircraft to shoot up and bomb.

See also: Ewa Marine Air Corps Station; Hickam Field; Oahu; Short, Walter C.; Wheeler Field