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    Nan Pohn Mal Airfield Ponape State Fed States of Micronesia
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USN 1944

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Stan Gajda 2001

Nan Pohn Mal Airfield was located near Kolonia (Colonia) on Ponape Island in Ponape State in the Federated States of Micronesia.

Built by the Japanese. The airfield had two intersecting runways surfaced with concrete. Facilities included a large dome shaped hanger and underground fuel tanks.

Wartime History
Heavily bombed during the war, the runways were put out of action.

There is no longer much airfield evidence at Nan Pohn Mal. Squatter housing has run over the area and it is almost impossible to find even parts of the runways today. These people have even settled on the concrete runways! A good reference point is the floor of the original hanger which is still there with the door rails set into the concrete and the buttresses of the arced roof still in place.

Stan Gajda adds:
"There are several massive underground fuel tanks at the airfield. One is unfinished and can be entered by the main door. I estimate it is 50ft x 50 ft with a 20ft ceiling. All concrete. Some of the runway is still visible, bunkers and other concrete remains can be seen and also the hangar floor and some of the structure."

A6M2 Model 21 Zero
Shot down after take off and crashed near Nan Pohn Mal, salvaged

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Last Updated
January 9, 2018


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