December 10, 1941
Located on Sangley Point at Cavite running roughly east to west. Includes the Canacao Seaplane Base.
Built prior to the war, this single runway was used by US Navy patrol planes.
After American liberation in Mach 1945, ACORN-45 expanded the airstrip. Postwar, the airfield was 8,000' and associated operational facilities for two patrol squadrons on a rotational basis. It provided support for a Fleet Air Wing detachment.
On September 1, 1971, the airfield, part of the larger base was officially turned over to the government of the Philippines. It is currently used as a facility of the Philippine Navy and the Philippine Air Force, known as Antonio Bautista Airbase.
After Philippine took over the base, it was known as Antonio Bautista, in honor of Philippine Air Force pilot Bautista killed during the 1970s. Later, the air base was named Danila Atienza Airbase, in honor of Danila Atienza who was killed when his F-5A crashed while straffing rebel positions at Sangley during the 1987 coup.
Thanks to Tony Feredo for additional information.
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May 3, 2016