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    Pitu Airfield (Pitoe, Moratai) North Maluku Province Indonesia
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US Army September 1944

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Robert Laessig 1944
Location
Pitu Airfield is located parallel to the southern coast of Morotai Island (Moratai) located in North Maluku Province (Provinsi Maluku Utara) in Indonesia. Also known as Pitoe Airfield, Moratai Airfield or Morotai Airfield.

Construction
After the September 15, 1944 U. S. Army landing on Morotai Island and the construction of Wama Airfield (Guama, Morotai), construction of a second airfield primarily for fighters was begun at this location. When completed, interconnected by taxiways to Wama Airfield allowing aircraft to taxi from either runway.

Wartime History
Pitu Airfield was primarily used by medium bombers and heavy bombers but also used by fighter aircraft when fully loaded with fuel and bombs. Designated U. S. Army Post Office 719 (APO 719).

Also used by Royal Australian Air Force (RAAF) aircraft.

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
RAAF
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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September 29, 2018

 

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