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    Mabalacat East (East Airfield, Kamikaze East, No 2) Pampanga PI

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Location
Located to the east of Mabalacat and the highway, this airfield is located on a flat field with only crops growing on it.

Construction
Farm land for a single runway built by the Americans prior to the war, and used by the Japanes. Also known as "East Airfield" or "Kamikaze East" or "Mabalacat East" or "Mabalacat No 2".

Japanese Units based at Mabalacat
201st Kokutai (N1K1 George also at Clark Field)
Shimpu Special Attack Coprs

First Organized Kamikaze Mission
From this airfield, the first Kamikaze attacks were launched, on October 20, 1944 commanded by Vice-Admiral Takjuro Ohnishi. The first volunteers were 23 pilots of the IJN's 201st Kokutai, 1st Air Fleet. The Corps was divided into four units: Shikishima, Yamato, Asahi, Yama Yukio Seki. At 7:25 October 25, 1944, the Shikishima unit took off let by Lt. Yokjo Seki. At 10:45am they attacked targets at Leyte. Credited as the first Kamikaze, Lt. Yokjo Seki succeeded in hitting the carrier USS St. Lo, which sank 20 minutes later.

Today
Today, it is disused since the war, and has reverted to crop land again.

Memorial & Kamikaze Peace Shrine
A memorial and sign mark the site of the old runway, and it is frequently visited by tourists, especially Japanese. The memorial was built by ther Mabalacat Tourism Office: 'Not for the glorification of the Kamikaze but rather for the use of war history as a tool for the promotionof peace and friendship among nations. This shrine serves as a reminder that the Kamikaze phenomenon shall never happen again.'

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January 23, 2012

 

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