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USN c1944

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USN June 19, 1944

Location
Located in the northern portion of Tanapag Harbor, near Garapan and Tanapag off the west coast of Saipan. Also known as 'Tanapag Harbor Seaplane Base"

Construction
During 1940, Chitose, Kamoi and Kinugasa Maru carrying construction crews and technicians to build seaplane bases and facilities for Tanapag Seaplane Base.

Wartime History
Used by the Japanese, and heavily bombed prior to the American liberation of Saipan on June 15, 1944. Several wrecked seaplanes were captured at the base.

Repaired and expanded by the Americans, it was used as an emergency airfield, also known as Chalan Kanoa.

H8K5 Emily Tail 006
Destroyed prior to American landing at Mutcho Point

American Units based at Tanapan
7th AF (HQ) Hawaii December 13, 1944 - ?

US Navy NATS (Naval Air Transport Service) based personnel at the airfield to handle cargo and passenger flights aboard seaplanes.

Today
There is no physical evidence of the It is now part of Beach Road. The emergency strip was incorporated into the local road network.

Bruce Petty adds:
"The beaches in this area where the marines and army landed in 1944 are now lined with hotels, restaurants, and shops, patronized mostly by Japanese tourists."

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February 4, 2018

 

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