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    Motulalo Airfield (Nukufetau Airfield) Nanumea Atoll Tuvalu

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

Construction
Built by U. S. Navy (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 spanned the length and width of Motulalo Island forming a "X" shape. Motulalo Airfield was operational by November 1943.

Wartime Usage
Starting in November 1943 used by American bombers and aircraft. Motulalo Airfield supported the invasion of Tarawa. No Japanese attacks were ever made against this airfield.

American units based at Motulalo
331 Marine Scout Bombing Squadron
11th BG, 26th BS (B-24) Wheeler November 11, 1943 - Jan 25, 1944 Tarawa
11th BG, 98th BS (B-24) Wheeler November 11, 1943 - Jan 20, 1944 Tarawa

Today
Abandoned and disused since the war.

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Last Updated
March 31, 2017

 

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Map 2001

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