Tomales Bay Bombing Target
During and after World War
Point Reyes hosted training in skip bombing, dive bombing,landing barge practice, and air sea rescue. Dive bombers operating from Hamilton Army Air Field(AAF), Santa Rosa AAF, and Naval Air Station (NAS) Alameda practiced in the waters of DrakesBay, Abbott's Lagoon, and Tomales Bay. The pilots also frred at towed and fixed targets on thehigh seas west of Tomales Point.Tomales Bay Bombing; Tarpet:A bombing target was located very near or on Hog Island in Tomales Bay. The water-bornetarget was constructed in Tomales Bay (Lat. 38'
20.839" North, Long. 122'
10.349" West)under Contract Noy 4165. The danger zone for this target was 750 yards in radius and was located2,000 yards, 129 degrees true from the southwesterly extremity of Tom Point. See Figure 2 for thelayout of Tomales Point/Abbotts Lagoon and the neighboring areas (Techlaw Inc., PreliminaryAssessment Report, Drakes Bay, 31 July 1998).Navy aircraft used two types of practice bombs at this range. The first type was a miniature(three to five pound) bomb with a marker charge similar to a shotgun shell. The second was awater bomb consisting of a light metal shell filled with water. No explosives were used. A U.S.Army corps of Engineers(USACE) representative concluded that missiles' dropped in the baywould have sunk into the mud to a depth sufficient to preclude endangering any small craftnavigating the area. It was determined that no further precautionary measures were necessary(Techlaw Inc., Preliminary Assessment Report, Drakes Bay,
July 1998).In 1952, when the Crows Landing, California target ranges were to be activated, theGovernment initiated action to cancel the lease for the ground rights to the Tomales Bay BombingTarget (Baker One). A storm sank the target at Tomales Bay, so no restoration was anticipated.On
May 1952 the Air Space Subcornmittee(Bureau of Aeronautics), Western District canceledthe air space danger areas covering the Tomales Bay Bombing Target. Since no hazardousexposure pathway exists, no Department of Defense Action is Indicated (NDAI) for this area.