Pacific Wrecks
Pacific Wrecks   Donate Now  
Search Chronology Locations Aircraft Vessels Missing In Action (MIA)
    Motulalo Airfield (Nukufetau Airfield) Nanumea Atoll Tuvalu

Click For Enlargement
2007

Location
Located on the south-eastern side of Nukufetau Atoll on Motulalo Island. Also known as "Nukufetau Airfield".

Construction
Built by USN Seabees as an alternative strip to Nanumea Airfield and Funafuti Airfield and allowed for further dispersal of aircraft in the Ellice Islands. Two intersecting runways spanning the length of the island were built that formed an "X" shape.

Wartime Usage
Operational before November 1943, used during the invasion of Tarawa. No Japanese attacks were ever made against the strip.

Units based at Motulalo
331 Marine Scout Bombing Squadron
11th BG, 26th BS (B-24) Wheeler November 11, 43 - Jan 25, 1944 Tarawa
11th BG, 98th BS (B-24) Wheeler November 11, 43 - Jan 20, 1944 Tarawa

Today
Abandoned and disused since the war.

Contribute Information
Do you have photos or additional information to add?

Last Updated
April 16, 2016

 

    All rights reserved.  
  Pacific Wrecks Inc. is a non-profit 501(c)(3) charity dedicated to bringing home those Missing In Action (MIA) and leveraging new technologies in the study of World War II Pacific and the Korean War.  
Facebook Twitter YouTube Google Plus Instagram
 
Forum Updates People Museums Reviews Submit Info How You Can Help