Appendix B
Status of Aircraft on Oahu, Before and After the Attack*

On Hand
Before Attack
In
Commission
Destroyed
During Attack
In Commission
After Attack
B-17D   12     6     +5     4  
B-18   33     21     12     11  
A-20A   12     5     2     @9  
P-40C   12     9     5     2  
P-40B   87     55     37     25  
P-36A   39     20     4     16  
P-26A   8     7     5     2  
P-26B   6     3     1     2  
B-12A   3     1     0     1  
A-12A   2     2     0     1  
AT-6   4     3     1     2  
OA-9   3     3     2     1  
OA-8   1     1     0     1  
O-47B   7     5     0     5  
O-49   2     2     1     1  
C-33#   2     2     0     0  
B-24A**   1     1     1     0  
TOTALS   234     146     76     83  

The aircraft were distributed around the island as follows:

Hickam Field: 12 B-17Ds, 32 B-18s, 12 A-20As, 2 P-26As, 2 A-12As, 2 C-33s, and 1 B-24A.

Wheeler Field: 12 P-40Cs, 87 P-40Bs, 39 P-36As, 6 P-26As, 6 P-26Bs, 3 B-12As, 4 AT-6s, 3 OA-9s, and 1 OA-8.++

Bellows Field: 2 O-49s, 7 O-47Bs, and 1 B-18.@@


* A11 information extracted from "Operational History of the Seventh Air Force, 7 December 1941 to 6 December 1943," on file at Air Force Historical Research Center, Maxwell AFB, AL, unless otherwise noted.

+ Seventh Air Force and congressional investigation records indicate four B-17s destroyed, but actual maintenance records from Hickam Field as recorded by retired Air Force Lt Col Charles P. Eckhert (deceased), from 1300 hours, 7 December 1941, to 1845 hours, 8 December 1941, show five B-17s damaged beyond repair.

Seventh Air Force and congressional investigation records indicate five A-20As in commission after attack, while Colonel Eckhert's records claim nine were in commission and ready to fly.

# C-33s were assigned to the 19th Transport Squadron but were not listed in Seventh Air Force or congressional records. Colonel Eckhert's records clearly identify each aircraft and the damage each sustained. See Appendix C.

** See Appendix C for details on the B-24A.

++ The 47th Pursuit Squadron (Fighter) had deployed to Haleiwa and the 44th Pursuit Squadron (Interceptor) to Bellows for gunnery practice prior to 7 December. Because aircraft may have been flown back and forth between these two fields and Wheeler over the weekend, exact number and types of aircraft physically located at Haleiwa and Bellows cannot be determined at this time. Therefore, both squadrons' aircraft are included with the totals listed for Wheeler Field.

@@ The B-18 was actually assigned to Hickam Field but spent most of its time at Bellows Field towing the targets used by temporarily assigned fighter units during aerial gunnery practice. In addition, a B-18 assigned to Hickam Field flew out of Wheeler Field. On Sunday morning this aircraft was on the island of Molokai and would return to Wheeler Field during the attack.

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