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    West Field (Gurguan Point Airfield) Tinian Marianas

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circa 1945

Location
Located near Gurguan Point, in the northern part of Tinian Island.

Construction
Originally built by the Japanese, this field had two pararell runways.  Repaired by American forces, it was known as "West Field".

Wartime History
Used as a base for B-29 Superfortresses from at least three Bombardment Groups.

American Units based at West Field
58th Bombardment Wing, HQ India March 29, 1945
40th BG, HQ (B-29) Chakulia April 4, 1945
40th BG, 25th BS (B-29) Chakulia April 1, 1945
444th BG, HQ (B-29) Dudhkundi March 1, 1945
444th BG, 676th BS (B-29) Dudhkundi April 1, 1945
444th BG, 677th BS (B-29) Dudhkundi April 1, 1945
444th BG, 678th BS (B-29) Dudhkundi April 1, 1945
462nd BG, HQ (B-29) Piardoba April 4, 1945
462nd BG, 768th BS (B-29) Piardoba April 1, 1945
462nd BG, 769th BS (B-29) Piardoba April 1, 1945
462nd BG, 770th BS (B-29) Piardoba April 1, 1945

Today
This airfield is still in use today, as Tinian's only operational airfield.

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Last Updated
January 23, 2012

 

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