TIME LINE HISTORY OF CLARK AIR BASE
This portion of the site is for documenting the various activities and changes that occured at Clark Air Base, John Hayes, Camp O'Donald and surrounding areas, such as Angeles and other communities and areas that were a big part of the History and Memories of both, the Serviceman and Population.
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Dec. 7th - Japanese attack Pearl Harbor and Clark Airfield in the Philippines
The Jap Zero which was mounted in front of Control Ops was flown at Clark by a Major ???? from the P47 Fighter Squadron. During aerobatics, he lost oil pressure and froze the engine. The Zero was erected "as is" complete; except for one Instrument souvenir "the oil pressure gauge".
Mar 14th - Military Bases agreement signed with U.S. for 99 year term.
Base Ops had an L5, T6, P51, C45, B25 and a B17 for our Pilots to get the 4 hrs per month required flying time.
This period was a slow time at Clark. Budgets for personnel, eminence and fuel for flying was limited. Transient aircraft on the ramp were far and few between.
Summer - The first brick barracks were being constructed next to the flight Line.
Things got more active at Clark after that, as preparations for Korea got underway.
The 18th FG started a Production Line Field Maintenance on the Ramp for the 67th, 44th, 12th, P47's and P51's which sat for two years awaiting pilots and ground crews.
Aug 30th - U.S.- Philippine Mutual Defense Treaty signed.
Clark Air Force Base had it's name changed to Clark Air Base.
Oct 12th - Bohlen-Serrano agreement on military bases: U.S. to consult before using bases for non-SEATO or non-Philippine defense combat operations or deploying long range missiles in the Philippines.
Sept 16th - Rusk-Ramos agreement: fixed term of military bases agreement changed to expire in 1991.
Jan thur Mar - "First-quarter storm": massive student demonstrations in Manila against Marcos and U.S. government.
Sept 21st - Marcos signs declaration of martial law.
Jan 7th - The Military Bases Agreement (MBA) is ammended, giving the Philippine sovereignty over the bases. Philippine flag to fly over bases, but U.S. guaranteed "unhampered" military use.
Jan 17th - Marcos "lifts" martial law, but retains most martial law powers.
August 21st, Benigno "Ninoy" Aquino was assassinated on the Tarmac at Manila International Airport.
February - People Power Revolution.
Feb 25th - Marcos flies to Clark Air Base and then to Hawaii; Aquino takes over presidency.
Earthquake in Northern Luzon where US Servicemen from Clark participated in search and recovery
April 2nd, Mount Pinatubo began it's steam explosions.
June 15th, Mt Pinatubo eruption occurs after being dormant for 600 years. Tens of thousands of Filipinos flee the eruption of Mount Pinatubo along ash-clogged roads, while the U.S. begins evacuating all 20,000 dependents of Clark Air Force Base. 700 people die in the eruption.
The last of the US Military Bases were handed over to the Philippine Government and the US presents in the Philippines ended.
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