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    Hengyang Airfield (Heng Yang, Bajialing) Hunan Province China

Location
Lat 109°30'0" Long 23°45'0" Located on the near Hengyang in the Zhuhui District east of the Xiang River in Hunan Province.

Construction
Built during September 1929.

Wartime History
Hengyang Airfield was the largest airfield in southern China under Allied control, along the Hengyang-Kweilin line. Used by the China Air Task Force (CATF) during June to August 1942 as a forward airfield for bombing missions against targets in the Yangtze Valley.

American units based at Hengyang
7th BG, 11th BS (B-25 det) Kunming June 30 - July 20, 1942 Kunming
23rd FG, 75th FS (P-40) activated July 4 - Aug 17, 42 Changyi ret Nov 1, 43 - Jun 10, 44 Lingling
341st BG, 11th BS (B-25 det) Kweilin June 21, 1943
23rd FG, 76th FS (P-40) Lingling August 10 - November 21, 1943 Kweilin
51st FG, 449th FS (P-38 det) Lingling September 1, 1943 -
51st FG, 16th FS (P-40) Kweilin September 20 - November 25, 1943 Chengkung

Japanese and American missions against Hengyang
July 2, 1942 - May 1, 1944

During the Defense of Hengyang (Battle of Hengyang) July-August 1945 the Japanese Army battled Chinese troops around Hengyang. On August 8, 1944, the city and Hengyang Airfield were surrendered to the Japanese. Afterwards, both were the target of American bombing and strafing missions.

Today
ZGHY. This airport operated until 1995. Airport code IATA: HNY, ICAO: Runway length 5,167'. Replaced by the New Hengyang Nanyue Airport

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Last Updated
September 24, 2018

 

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