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    Myitkjina Airfield (Myitkyina)  Myanmar (Burma)

Location
Located at Myitkjina (Myitkyina) roughly 287 miles east of Ledo. Myitkyina was the northernmost Japanese airfield in Burma.

Construction
Built prewar, this airfield had two runways:

Myitkyina Airfield (North)
Located at Lat 97° 24' 0" E Long 25° 24' 0" N

Myitkyina South Airfield (Miitokina)
Located at Lat 97° 21' 0" E Long 25° 23' 0" N.

Wartime History
Occupied by the Japanese on on May 8, 1942. Used by the Japanese until May 17, 1944.

American missions against Myitkyina
May 12, 1942 - November 14, 1944

American-trained Chinese troops and American guerrillas under Brigadier General Frank D. Merrill "Merrill's Marauders" sustained by airdrops captured Myitkjina Airfield on May 17, 1944. On May 23, the Japanese counterattacked unsuccessfully, in a failed attempt to recapture the airfield. Afterwards, Myitkjina was developed into an American airfield.

On January 15, 1945 USAAF Lieutenant Generals Albert C. Wedemeyer, Commanding General China Theater, George E. Stratemeyer, Commanding General Eastern Air Command, and Daniel I. Sultan, Commanding General India-Burma Theater, confer at Myitkyina and agree that an AAF HQ to command the US Tenth and Fourteenth Air Forces should be set up in China.

American units based at Myitkjina
2nd ACG, 317th TCS (C-47) Bikram December 5, 1944 - January 6, 1945 Kalaikunda
8th PRG, 20th TRS (F-6, P-40) ? - August 25, 1944 Kisselbari, returns November 9, 1944 - April 20, 1945 Nagaghuli
1st LG, 115th LS (UC-64s, L-1, L-4, L-5) Ledo January 3 - April 24, 1945 Dinjan
1st LG, 71st LS (UC-64s, L-1, L-4, L-5) Katha March 22 - April 24, 1945 Dinjan
8th PRG, 9th PRS (F-5, B-25) Barrackpore December 5, 1944 - May 1, 1945 Piardoba
80th FG, 88th FS (P-40 det, P-4) Mokelbari May 3 - Aug 20, 1944 Shingbwiyang, returns Shingbwiyang Jan 23 - May 3, 1945 Moran
80th FG, 89th BS (P-47) Nagaghuli September 15, 1944 - ?
80th FG, 90th FS (P-47) Tingkawk January 21, 1945 - May 5, 1945 Moran
10th AF, HQ New Delhi Novembe 2, 1944 - May 15, 1945 Piardoba
80th FG, HQ Tingkawk Sakan January 20 - May 24, 1945 Dudhkundi
427th NFS (P-61) Pandaveswar November 13, 1944 - May 25, 1945 Dinjan
3rd CCG, HQ (C-47) Dinjan June 3, 1945 - ?
9 & 10th CCS (C-47) Warazup & Dinjan June 3, 1945 - ?
3rd CCG, 10th CCS (C-47) Dinjan June 3, 1945
3rd CCG, 12th CCS (C-47) Ledo June 5, 1945 - ?
1st Combat Cargo Group, HQ ? - August 30, 1945 to Liuchow
1st CCG, 3rd CCS (C-47) Bhamo June 1, 1945 - August 25, 1945 Luliang
1st CCG, 2nd CCS (C-47) Hathazari June 1, 1945 - ?

References
Index to Air Bases - Research Report No. 85, I.G. No 9185 - July 30, 1944

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Last Updated
December 30, 2013

 

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