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    Puerto Princesa Airfield Palawan Philippines

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1945

Location
Located at Puerto Princesa, located inland from the seaplane base and port.

Construction
Built by the Japanese.

Wartime History
Heavily attacked by 5th AF and 13th AF bombers. Captured by American forces on February 28, 1945 when a RCT of the 41st Division landed at Puerto Princesa and met no opposition on the beach.

American Missions Against Puerto Princesa
October 28, 1944 - February 27, 1945

Ki-43-II Oscar
Captured at the airfield

American Usage
Captured by American forces on February 28, 1945. By early March, 13th AF Fighter command set up camp at the airstrip (where it was based until the end of the war), and with the assistance of the 8th Army engineers began repairing the strip.  The 1897th Engineer Aviation Battalion reconstructed the 4,000' runway twenty days after the initial landing. The first American aircraft landed at the strip March 20, 1945.

American Units Based at Puerto Princesa
13th AF
418th NFS (P-61)
347th FG, 67th FS (P-38) Morotai March 21, 45 - end of war
42nd BG, 100th BS (B-25)
USN (under 13th AF command)
Fleet Air Wing 10 (PB4Y2 Privateers)

References
Thanks to Tony Feredo for additional information.

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Last Updated
January 23, 2012

 

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