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    Bomber 1 (Palikulo Field, Fighter 1) Espiritu Santo Vanuatu (New Hebrides)

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USN August 30, 1942

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USN Nov 12, 1942

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USAAF Nov 12, 1942

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USN 1944

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M Claringbould 1998

Location
Bomber 1 was located on at the southeastern corner of Espiritu Santo on the Pallikulo Peninsula near Pallikulo village bordering Pallikulo Bay. Prewar, a coconut plantation was built at this location. Also known as "Bomber Field No. 1", "Pallikulo Field" or "Fighter 1". Later, Bomber 2 (Pekoa Field) was constructed nearby.

Construction
Built by the U. S. Army with the longest runway on Espiritu Santo. By June 1, 1943 the single runway measured 6,200' x 150'.

Wartime History
During 1942, Bomber 1 was used by U. S. Army Air Force (USAAF), U. S. Navy (USN) and U. S. Marine Corps (USMC) aircraft including B-17 Flying Fortresses and B-24 Liberators.

American units based at Bomber 1 (Palikulo Field, Fighter 1)
USAAF, 13th Air Force

11th BG, 42nd BS (B-17) Wheeler Field July 21, 1942 - November 1, 1942 Guadalcanal
11th BG, 98th BS (B-17) - November 1, 1942 Guadalcanal
5th BG, 23rd BS (B-17, B-24) Mokuleia December 1, 1942 - March 31, 43 Guadalcanal. departs October 21, 43 Guadalcanal returns December 7, 1943 Munda
5th BG, 72nd BS (B-17) September 24 - October 4, 1942 Guadalcanal
USN / USMC
VMD-154 (PB4Y)
VMD-254 (B-24) Nov 28 - Dec-Feb 1943 Koli
VMO-250 (J2F)

Later, the Royal New Zealand Air Force (RNZAF) operated a base depot at Pallikulo Field that assembled new aircraft that arrived aboard U. S. ships as part of Lend-Lease and were reassembled and flight tested prior to assignment to squadrons.

C-47B Dakota NZ3529
Crashed July 6, 1945

Today
Disused since the war, Bomber 1 is overgrown. The runway remains in excellent condition.

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February 28, 2017

 

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