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    Dewey Boulevard Airfield Manila Philippines

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IJN c1945

Location
Located in the Ermita District of Manila on the southern portion of Dewey Boulevard (Roxas Boulevard) near the American High Commissioner's residence.

Construction
The Japanese used the southern part of the Dewey Boulevard as a runway, due to the heavy bombing by American aircraft of nearby Nichols Field. Also used as an emergency strip to disperse fighter aircraft and as the take off point for a limited number of kamikaze missions.

Japanese units dispersed at Dewey Boulevard Strip
252nd Kokutai (A6M Zero)
381st Kokutai (J2M3 Jack)

American Liberation
Liberated on February 20, 1945. When captured, American forces discovered several intact Jack was found inside the compounds of the now US embassy and a few A6M5a Zeros from the 252 Kokutai.

J2M3 Jack Manufacture Number 3008
Captured intact, taken to Clark Field for technical evaluation

J2M3 Jack Manufacture Number 3013 Tail 81-124
Captured.

Today
Disused as an airfield since the war. Postwar, Dewey Boulevard was renamed Roxas Boulevard. Some of the fighter planes were parked and dispersed around the American embassy compound and some in other nearby areas.

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December 30, 2013

 

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