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Carney Airfield
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Part of Thirteenth Air Force
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Location of Guadalcanal in the Solomon Islands
Type Military Airfield
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Built 1943
In use 1943-1944
Controlled by United States Army Air Forces
United States Navy

Carney Airfield is a former World War II airfield on Guadalcanal, Solomon Islands in the South Pacific. It is located near Koli Point about fifteen miles from Henderson Field, close to the Metapona River to the east and the Naumbu River to the west. The airfield was abandoned after the war and today is almost totally returned to its natural state.

History[edit | edit source]

Also known as Bomber 2 Field, Carney Airfield is named for Captain J.V. Carney, USNR Civil Engineer Corps who was Commanding Officer of Naval Construction Battalion 14 (SeaBees) who was killed 16 December 1942 flying aboard an SBD Dauntless.

Designed as a fighter airfield, Carney hosted a number of USAAF command organizations and fighter squadrons, along with United States Navy PBY-4 Catalina squadrons.

Units assigned were:

A Northrop P-61 Black Widow of the 419th Night Fighter Squadron taxiing at Carney Airfield in 1944

  • VB-106 (PBY-4)
  • VMD-254 (PBY-4)
  • VB-101 (PBY-4)
  • VB-102 (PBY-4)
  • VB-104 (PB4Y-1)

After the war, the airfield was abandoned, and has fallen into a state of disuse.

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References[edit | edit source]

 This article incorporates public domain material from the Air Force Historical Research Agency website http://www.afhra.af.mil/.

  • Maurer, Maurer (1983). Air Force Combat Units Of World War II. Maxwell AFB, Alabama: Office of Air Force History. ISBN 0-89201-092-4.
  • www.pacificwrecks.com

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