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The base consisted of three large hangers, three underground fuel tanks, workshops and barracks all still under construction when the Pacific War began on December 8, 1941.
Allied Units Based at Halong
On January 16, 1941, the RNNAS and PW10 abandoned Halong and transferred to Java. Attempting to base there again temporarily, PW10 more PBYs on January 25 (two plus the one damaged earlier) when the Japanese carrier aircraft attacked again. Dutch ground crews destroyed the remaining fuel stocks. On January 28, two PW10 PBYs from Java returned at dawn to evacuate American and Dutch personnel without interference. Afterwards, the base was abandoned.
U. S. Navy planes lost at Halong / Ambon Bay:
PBY-5 22-P-8 (BuNo 2303)
PBY-5 22-P-7 (BuNo 2291)
PBY-5 22-P-10 (BuNo 2301)
PBY-5 VP 101's #15 (ex-22-P-5, BuNo
PBY-5 Catalina Bureau Number 2302 Tail 11
Occupied by the Japanese at the end of January 1942 until the end of the war.
Japanese units based at Halong
American missions against Halong
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