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    Motulalo Airfield (Nukufetau Airfield) Nanumea Atoll Tuvalu

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1943

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.

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Last Updated
December 30, 2013

 

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