Major Landon, Truman
The flight of B-17s that was expected at Hickam Field on the morning of 7 December was commanded by Major Truman Landon, 19th Heavy Bombardment Group. Sixteen aircraft had been intended to depart Hamilton Field, but three were found to have mechanical faults and one turned back to California when it developed engine trouble. The flight took 14 hours and was at the limit of their endurance, so the Flying Fortresses were lightened as much as possible and carried little or no armament. Shortly after 0800 they were closing with Oahu and saw the smoke rising from Pearl Harbor. Eight of the flight landed at Hickam Field, Landon making a second approach, having had to avoid a taxiing aircraft, to arrive at 0815. The other four B-17s landed elsewhere.