Naval History and Heritage Command

National Museum of the U.S. Navy

Adak, Alaska

In August 1942, the U.S. Army and U.S. Navy established bases to allow attacks on Japanese forces on Kiska Island, which occurred only two weeks after the establishment.  Following World War II, the airbase was named Davis Army Airfield in honor of Colonel Everett S. Davis, USA, who crashed on November 28, 1942, at Adak.   In July 1950, the U.S. Air Force transferred the facility to the U.S. Navy and was utilized throughout the Cold War.   On March 31, 1997, the U.S. Naval Air Facility, Adak, was disestablished.  

Image:  80-G-79448:  U.S. Naval Air Station, Adak, Alaska, at an altitude of 10,000 feet, July 25, 1943.  Official U.S. Navy Photograph, now in the collections of the National Archives.