Thursday, July 19, 2018

Fort Kamehameha-- Part 3: Pearl Harbor


During World War II some of the fort's anti-aircraft guns were used against the Japanese planes during the attack on Pearl Harbor.  A Japanes Mitsubishi  A6M2 model 21 Zero was shot down and crashed near the fort.

I am sure that George Stevens and the other men were manning the guns in case the Japanese Navy came into sight.

In 1942, concrete shielding was added above the big guns to protect against air attack.

None of the large caliber guns were ever fired except in practice, about once a year.  They were salvaged after the war.

Some of the fort's area is used todayf or the Hawaii Air National Guard.  Batter Closson is now the Mamala Bay Golf Course.

--HreHen

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