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Pearl Harbor Naval Air Station

The Naval Air Station on Ford Island was commanded by Captain James M Shoemaker (Shoemaker, James M.). Surrounded as the island was by ships being attacked by Japanese aircraft, the airfield was inevitably heavily strafed from the first and most of the aircraft there were damaged early in the day. Two incoming flights from the carrier Enterprise encountered severe difficulties in landing because of the zeal of the defending sailors. Commander Howard L. Young (Young, Howard L.) landed unscathed, but the flight led by Lieutenant Francis Hebel (Hebel, Francis) suffered severely.

See also: Enterprise; Ford Island; Hebel, Francis; Shoemaker, James; Young, Howard L.

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