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    Puerto Princesa Airfield (Palawan) Palawan Philippines

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5th AF c1945

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US Army c1945

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Robert Laessig c1945

Location
Located at Puerto Princesa on Palawan Island, inland from Puerto Princesa Seaplane Base and the port area. Also known as "Puerto Princesa Airfield" or "Palawan Airfield".

Construction
Built by the Japanese.

Wartime History
Used by the Japanese during the war. During late 1944 until February 28, 1945 heavily bombed by American aircraft.

Japanese units based at Puerto Princesa
71st Sentai (Ki-43 Oscar)

American missions against Puerto Princesa
October 28, 1944 - February 27, 1945

On February 28, 1945 captured by a Regimental Comat Team (RCT) from the 41st Division made an amphibious landing at Puerto Princesa.

Ki-43-II Oscar
Captured at the airfield

On February 28, 1945 Puerto Princesa Airfield was immediately repaired and expanded for American usage by the 8th Engineers. The 1897th Engineer Aviation Battalion reconstructed the 4,000' runway over the next twenty days following the initial landing. On March 20, 1945 the first American aircraft landed at Puerto Princesa Airfield.

By early March, 13th Air Force Fighter Command moved to Puerto Princesa Airfield, where it was based until the end of the war. Puerto Princesa (Palawan Airfield) was designated as US Army APO 705.

On April 14, 1945 U. S. Navy Commander Fleet Air Wing 10 arrived at Puerto Princessa, to direct patrol plane operations against the shipping in the South China Sea and along the Indo-China coast.

American units based at Puerto Princesa
13th AF, 13th Fighter Command, Headquarters March 1945 - August 1945
13th AF, 419th NFS (ground echelon) Middleburg March 6, 1945 (P-61) Morotai March 16, 1945
347th FG, HQ San Jose March 6, 1945
347th FG, 67th FS (ground echelon) San Jose March 6, 1945 (P-38) Morotai March 21 - August 1945
347th FG, 68th FS (P-38) San Jose March 6, 1945
347th FG, 339th FS (ground echelon) San Jose March 6, 1945 (P-38) Morotai March 25, 1945
42nd BG, 69th BS (ground echelon) Sansapor March 6, 1945 Morotai March 22, 1945
42nd BG, 100th BS (B-25) Sansapor March 15, 1945 (ground echelon) Morotai March 22, 1945
42nd BG, 390th BS (B-25) Morotai March 21, 1945
42nd BG, 75th BS (B-25) Sansapor March 22, 1945
13th AF, 550th NFS (P-38, P-61 detachment) ? - June 19, 1945 Tacloban
USN, Fleet Air Wing 10 (PB4Y2 Privateers) April 14, 1945
18th FG, 12th FS (P-38) San Jose April 26 - May 11, 1945 Zamboanga
311th Photographic Wing, 2nd Photographic Charting Squadron (F-7) Morotai May 5, 1945

References
Thanks to Tony Feredo for additional information.

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March 13, 2014

 

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