Borinquen Field

Type   Airfield
Historical Name of Location   Aguadilla, Puerto Rico


ww2dbaseBorinquen Field was an American military airfield built in northwestern Puerto Rico in 1940. During WW2, it served as a base for US Army Air Corps (later US Army Air Forces) reconnaissance flights over the approaches to the Caribbean Sea. In 1947, it was turned over to the newly formed US Air Force, which renamed the field Ramey Air Force Base in the following year after Brigadier General Howard Ramey whose flight became missing over the Pacific Ocean on 26 Mar 1943. During the Cold War, Ramey Air Force Base hosted B-36 Peacemaker bombers, B-52 Stratofortress bombers, KC-135 Stratotanker aerial refueling aircraft, among others, of the US Strategic Air Command. In 1974, it began to be converted into a civilian facility, a role it still serves at the time of this writing as the Rafael Hernández Airport.

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Last Major Update: Aug 2015

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27 Oct 1943 4th Tactical Reconnaissance Squadron of 13th Composite Wing of 72nd Observation Group of US Army Air Forces was assigned to Borinquen Field in Puerto Rico.


US Joint Chiefs of Staff meeting with Secretary of Defense, Ramey Air Force Base, Puerto Rico, Apr 1956; L to R: Radford, Wilson, Taylor, Burke, Pate, Phillips

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1. Anonymous says:
25 Feb 2017 06:52:46 PM

I have a book that was my Uncle Charles Parks. He has passed away and he has no children. The people in the book I do not if anyone might be interested please let know.
2. Randy says:
22 Apr 2017 05:52:36 PM

I am looking for any items from Borinquen for the museum.
3. Ernie says:
23 Nov 2017 07:51:56 AM

Where is the museum located. My father was stationed at Borinquen Field for a period of time when he served in WWII. I have a souvenir type pillow case cover for a couch pillow from Borinquen Field. I can send you some photos of it but I do not see the ability to attach files on this forum.

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WW2-Era Place Name Aguadilla, Puerto Rico
Lat/Long 18.4944, -67.1294
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US Joint Chiefs of Staff meeting with Secretary of Defense, Ramey Air Force Base, Puerto Rico, Apr 1956; L to R: Radford, Wilson, Taylor, Burke, Pate, Phillips

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