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    Chanyi Airfield (Changyi, Zhanyi) Yunnan Province China

Location
Lat 25° 38' 0" N Long 103° 48' 0" E Located roughly one mile southeast of Zhanyi in Yunnan Province. This airfield is also spelled "Changyi" or "Zhanyi".

Wartime History
Used by the United States Army Air Force 14th Air Force as part of the China Defensive Campaign. Based reconnaissance and photo mapping units during September 1944 until September 1945. Also, based B-25 Mitchells and C-47 Dakotas.

Operation Grubworm: during the month of December 5, 1944 until January 5, 1945, 10th Air Force transports flying Chinese and American troops, supplies, animals and weapons to Chanyi, Kunming, Luliang, and Yunnani. In total, 1,328 transport sorties are flown, plus Air Transport Command provided 597 sorties.

American units based at Changyi
8th PRG, 24th CMS (F-7 det) Liuchow Sept 22, 44 returns Nov 1, 44 / Feb 17, 45 Guskhara
23rd FG, 75th FS (P-40) Hengyang August 17, 1942 - January 20, 1943 Yunnani
443rd TCG, 27th TCS (C-47 det) Yunnani May 21, 1944 - ?
14th AF, 35th PRS (F-5 det) Kunming September 17, 1944 - September 1945

Postwar
During early October 1945, this airfield was closed. Postwar, used as a civilian airfield and air force base.

References
Index to Air Bases - Research Report No. 85, I.G. No 9185 - July 30, 1944

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Last Updated
May 22, 2017

 

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