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.
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.
"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
A6M2 Model 21
Shot down after take off and crashed near Nan Pohn Mal, salvaged
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September 24, 2018