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

Location
Susaki Airfield was located at the top of a hill on Chi Chi Jima (Father Island) in the Father Island Group in the Bonin Islands of Ogasawara Subprefecture in Japan. Also known as "Chi Chi Jima Airfield" or "Chichi Jima Airfield".

Construction
Built by the Japanese with a single runway surfaced with dirt. This was the only landing ground on Chi Chi Jima.

Wartime History
During the middle of 1944 until the middle of 1945 attacked by U. S. aircraft and heavily bombed and strafed.

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 Pacific War.

G4M2 Betty
Force landed at the airfield

Ki-49 Helen
Force landed at the airfield

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Last Updated
October 23, 2019

 

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