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    Tanapag Seaplane Base Saipan | CNMI United States
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USN c1944

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USN June 19, 1944

Location
Tanapag Seaplane Base was located at Flores Point at the the northern portion of Tanapag Harbor bordering Tanapag and Garapan on the west coast of Saipan Island in the Southern Islands Municipality of the Commonwealth of the Northern Mariana Islands (CNMI) in the United States of America (USA). 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.

H8K2 Emily Tail 006
Destroyed prior to American landing at Mutcho Point

H8K2 Emily
Sunk off into Tanapag Harbor at a depth of 25-30' off Tanapag Seaplane Base

American units based at Tanapag
VP-16 (PBM Mariner) June 1944
7th AF (HQ) Hawaii December 13, 1944 - ?

During 1944–1945, U. S. Navy (USN) NATS (Naval Air Transport Service) based personnel at the airfield to handle cargo and passenger flights aboard seaplanes.

Today
The former seaplane base is part of Beach Road and no evidence remains. 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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August 17, 2018

 

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