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    Susaki Airfield (Chi Chi Jima Airfield) Chi Chi Jima Japan
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Roy Wiggs 1962

Location
Located at the top of a hill on Chi Chi Jima. Also known as "Chi Chi Jima Airfield" or "Chichi Jima Airfield".

Construction
Built by the Japanese. This airfield consisted of a single dirt surfaced runway. This runway was the only Japanese landing strip on the island.

Wartime History
Heavily bombed by Americans during the later stages of the war.

American missions against Susaki Airfield (Chi Chi Jima Airfield)
August 12, 1944 - March 31, 1945

Roy Wiggs recalls:
When I flew into Chi Chi from Guam in 1962 in an HU-16 Albatross. There wasn't any airfield, we landed in the bay. We carried our own jato bottles and used them to take-off. There was no way to re-supply the Japanese garrison there, we blockaded the shipping lanes, shot down all their Emilys, and tried to starve them out. In desperation they tried to make some place for land planes to get in and out but that didn't work very well either."

Today
Disused since the war.

G4M2 Betty
Force landed at the airfield

Ki-49 Helen
Force landed at the airfield

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Last Updated
February 4, 2018

 

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