Bailey's remains were recovered from Betio Island and identified in May. Staff Sgt. The crew were members of the 38th Bombardment Squadron, 30th Bombardment Group, stationed at Hawkins Field, Betio Island, Tarawa Atoll in the Gilbert Islands. 1. On Jan. 21, 1944, Van Vleet was a member of the 38th Bombardment Squadron, (Heavy), 30th Bombardment Group, stationed at Hawkins Field, Betio … On Jan. 21, 1944, Johnson was a member of the 38th Bombardment Squadron, 30th Bombardment Group, stationed at Hawkins Field, Betio Island, Tarawa Atoll, Gilbert Islands, when the B-24J bomber he was co-piloting crashed into Tarawa lagoon shortly after takeoff. The defense battalion set up guns and searchlights to protect the airstrip on Betio repaired and named Hawkins Field after First Lieutenant William D. Hawkins, one of the 2d Marine Division's heroes killed in the battle and another airfield built by Seabees at adjacent Bonkiri. en:Hawkins Field on en:June 3, en:2007 during NCAA tournament regionals. Long range aircraft at Hawkins Field on Betio (Tarawa Atoll), March 1944. May 21, 2016 - Vanderbilt Commodores during the game between the Auburn Tigers and the Vanderbilt Commodores at Hawkins Field in Nashville, TN Photo by Thomas McEwen/Cal Sport Media. Shaffer was a member of the 38th Bombardment Squadron, 30th Bombardment Group, stationed at Hawkins Field, Betio Island, Tarawa Atoll, Gilbert Islands, when the B … Above and below, two more Hellcats land on Hawkins Field amid the wreckage of the previous owners. In 1967, the Marine Training Centre was created by Hamburg Süd. Johnson and the nine other servicemen aboard the aircraft were killed. https://www.tracesofwar.com/sights/89796/Location-Hawkins-Field.htm Today Betio Island is the most populous island in Kiribati with the port, shipyard and main power station and is one of the most densely populated areas in the Pacific. Two slightly different views of Kelly's plane landing on Betio. The war relics on Betio are a reminder of the thousands of American and Japanese soldiers that died on this small island. John Hilary Smith, governor of the Gilbert and Ellice Islands created the Betio Town Council in 1972. The airfield was named in honor of USMC 1st Lt. William Dean Hawkins who was killed in the battle to recapture Tarawa, and earned the Medal of Honor. Notes. Betio Post Office opened on 5 April 1957 and closed in 1964. Ensign Kelly surrounded by grimy and tired but happy Marines. Pennsylvania native Howard T Lurcott, 26, was lost on January 21, 1944 when the B-24J bomber he was piloting crashed into Tarawa lagoon shortly after takeoff. Hawkins Field is a former World War II airfield on Betio Island, Tarawa in the Gilbert Islands of the Central Pacific. According to the Dex Greer account, the first plane to land hit a shellhole.