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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

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.

Built by U. S. 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 (Pitu Airfield)
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
79 Squadron (Spitfire) 1945

Japanese air raids against Morotai
The Japanese made a total of 82 air raids against the strips at Morotai, from September 15, 1944 to February 1, 1945. reaching a peak in November 1944 with a raid every day. Tokyo radio dubbed Morotai "graveyard of the 13th Air Force". In reality, most were nuance raids, but some had disastrous effects. On November 22, 1944 before midnight ten Ki-21-II Sallys from 12 Sentai and 14 Sentai bombed Morotai and destroyed fifteen parked planes and damage eight. This was the most damaging air raid of the war.

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May 15, 2018


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