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    Pitu Airfield (Pitoe, Moratai) Morotai Indonesia

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US Army September 1944

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Robert Laessig 1944

Location
Pitu Airfield is located on the southern coast of Morotai, parallel to the southern coast. Located parallel to Wama Airfield (Guama, Morotai) further south along the coast. Also known as Pitoe, Moratai or Morotai. Also known as U. S. Army as APO 719.

Construction
Built by US Army engineers. Primarily, this aifield was used for bomber operations. This airfield was interconnected by taxiways to nearby Wama Airfield. Aircraft could taxi from either strip for take offs.  Fighters would use this runway when taking off with full load of fuel or bombs.

Allied units based at Moratai
5th Air Force
347th FG, 67th FS (P-38) Middleburg Feb 12 - Mar 21, 45 Puerto Princesa
13th Air Force
5th BG, 72nd BS (B-24) October 24, 1944 - March 20, 1945 Guiuan (Samar)
42nd BG, 390th BS (B-25) Sansapor February 24 - March 20, 1945 Sansapor
371st, 372d BS, 307th BG (B-24) ? - September 1, 1945
71st TRS, 82nd TRS (det) Biak October 1 - Dec 31, 1944 to Luzon
RAAF
79 Squadron (Spitfire) 1945

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May 22, 2017

 

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