The History of Bellows AFS

On August 19, 1933, General Douglas MacArthur memorialized individuals for their extraordinary heroism by naming flying fields in their honor. “The auxiliary flying field at Waimānalo Military Reservation, Territory of Hawaiʻi, as designated as Bellows Field in honor of Second Lieutenant Franklin Barney Bellows, 50th Aero Squadron.” Lieutenant Bellows was awarded the Distinguished Service Cross for extraordinary heroism in action near Saint-Mihiel, France. He was killed September 13, 1918 while performing a reconnaissance mission.

BRIEF HISTORICAL TIMELINE


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1917

Waimānalo Military Reservation was established by Presidential Executive Order. The land was leased from Waimānalo Sugar Plantation.

1933

The land was renamed to Bellows Field, honoring the memory of 2nd Lt Franklin Barney Bellows, a World War I hero.

1941

Bellows Field became a separate permanent military post under the jurisdiction of the Commanding General, Hawaiian Department.

1947

The first beach cabins began construction.

1958

The runways were closed and Bellows Field became Bellows Air Force Station.

1973

Bellows was listed on the National Register of Historic Places for archeological significance. Artifacts found here proved that the land was one of the oldest places of human habitation in the Hawaiian Islands.

PRESENT

Detachment 2, 18th Force Support Squadron presently operates Bellows Air Force Station. Much of the Waimānalo community remains the same as it was more than 50 years ago.