Lat 26° 43' 44N Long 127° 45' 42E Ie Shima Airfield is located on Ie Shima. Clearly visible from the airfield is Mount Gusuku (the pinnacle). Today, the westernmost runway is Ie Shima Auxiliary Air Base (Ie Shima Aux AB). The centermost runway is used as a road. The easternmost runway is Ie Jima Airport.
Built by the Japanese as an airfield and used until 1945.
On April 16, 1945 the U. S. Army, 77th Infantry Division landed on Ie Shima and occupied the airfield. The Americans immediately repaired and expanded the airfield into a major base. The first flights by American aircraft commenced on May 13, 1945.
Ie Shima Airfield was used by American fighters and bombers with a total of three parallel runways built by the end of the Pacific War.
American units based at Ie Shima
USAAF 7th Air Force
318th FG HQ (P-38) Saipan April 30, 45 - ?
19th, 73rd, 333rd FS (P-38) Saipan May 13, 45 - ?
413th FG HQ, 1st, 21st, 34th
FS (P-47) USA May 19, 1945 - ?
7th FC, 548th NFS (P-61) Iwo Jima June 8, 1945 -
28th PRS (F-5E detachment) ? - June 21, 1945 Okinawa
USAAF 20th Air Force
507th FG, HQ 463d FS
(P-47) USA June 24, 1945 - ?
507th FG, 464th and 465th FS
(P-47) USA June 24, 1945 - ?
FEAF (5th Air Force)
348th FG HQ,
340th FS (P-51) Floridablanca July 9, 1945 - ?
348th FG, 341st, 342d FS (P-51) Floridablanca July 12, 1945 - ?
348th FG, 460th FS (P-51) Floridablanca July 12, 1945 - ?
345th BG, 498th BS (B-25) Clark Field July 20, 1945 - ?
43rd BG, 403rd BS (B-24) Clark Field July 22, 1945 - ?
43rd BG, 65th BS (B-24) Clark Field July 22, 1945 - ?
5th FC, 421st NFS (P-61) Clark Field July 24, 1945 - ?
345th BG HQ Clark Field July 25, 1945 - ?
8th FG, 80th FS (P-38) San Jose August 5, 1945 - ?
8th FG, 35th FS (P-38) San Jose August 9, 1945 - ?
90th BG, 319th BS (B-24) San Jose August 12, 1945 - ?
Surrender Delegation Arrives in Betty Bombers
On August 19, 1945, two B-25J Mitchells from the 345th Bombardment Group with P-38 Lightnings from the 80th Fighter Squadron escorted G6M1-L Betty "Bataan 1" and G4M1 Betty "Bataan 2" flying from Tokyo with a Japanese surrender delegation. After landing at Ie Shima Airfield, the Japanese delegation was transported aboard a C-54 to Manila to meet
General MacArthur's staff to establish details for the surrender and returned to Ie Shima Airfield on August 20, 1945.
Ie Shima Auxiliary Air Base (Ie Shima Aux AB) is the westernmost runway, also known as Ie Shima Auxiliary Air Base (Ie Shima Aux AB) located at 26° 43' 44N 127° 45' 42E. Designated a small airport. Airport code: ICAO: RODE or FAC 6005. The airport has two runways: the first oriented 22/04 measures 4,780' x 150' surfaced with concrete. The second oriented 23/05 measures 1,200' x 180' surfaced with PSP. This airfield is used by the U. S. military as a training base and range with a simulated LHA deck Marine Wing Support Squadron 172 Marine Aircraft Group 36 and a drop zone for parachute training operated by the United States Marine Corps (USMC). Also used for touch and go practice. There is a detachment of usually less than 20 Marines which operates the range.
The centermost runways is now a road connecting the north and south sides of the island.
Ie Jima Airport is the the easternmost runway is still in use today as a small airport located at 26° 43' 19N 127° 47' 5E. Airport code: ICAO: RORE / IATA: IEJ. The airport has two runways. The first oriented 22/04 measures 4920' x 150' surfaced with asphalt. The second oriented 23/05 measures 4,961' x 92' and is unsurfaced.
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February 4, 2018