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I am visiting Hawaii for the first time.  Yesterday, after seeing Arizona, Bowfin, and the Utah memorial, I wandered around the hangars and other buildings on the southeastern side of Ford Island, trying to discern which buildings were there from 1941, and to find any remaining signs of the attack.  I am not knowledgeable about Ford Island and would appreciate any information available on this.  There appear to be no historical markers on the island, except at the Utah memorial.

It appeared to me that most of the buildings were old enough to have been present in 1941.  One, the hangar now marked as building 79, is clearly identifiable in aerial photographs taken before the attack.  Some other buildings appeared to be similar to those in the photo, but I lacked any diagram of the air station as it was in 1941 (the Osprey on Pearl Harbor has excellent diagrams of all of the other airfields involved on 7 December, but nothing on Ford Island).  I saw a few marks on buildings that might have been bullet holes, but I was not sure (since yesterday I have read on the Internet that bomb and bullet marks are clearly visible on the seaplane ramps, which I did not know to look for when I was there).

Can anyone point me to a good reference on Ford Island in 1941 and now?  And in particular, can anyone say whether the giant candy-striped control tower was present during the attack (I think it was but don't see it in photos of the attack)?

Incidentally they are building a Pacific War air museum on the island, and there are bits and pieces of World War II-era aircraft lying around on trailers.  The signs say the museum will open in December 2006, but if external appearances are any guide, that appears pretty unlikely.

Thank you for any help you can give.

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Aloha Keith,
The Ford Island sources for which you seek are currently 'in work'...sigh. Pre-visit we could have been able to guide you further...yet right now, alas.

Ah, the museum shall contain three hangars...and they are RUSHED to complete on time.

See their URL at: " target="_blank">http://www.pacificaviationmuseum.org/[URL=ht....eum URL

The latest article about the progress is at: Honolulu Star-Bulletin

So sorry about current Ford Island building data...


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David--

Thank you for your response.  I did get to see a bit more of the island today by boat, including the seaplane ramps, and have also gathered from various sources that most of the hangars visible were indeed present in 1941.  I infer from your post that some kind of work on Ford Island is in progress and look forward to seeing it.

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