Located in the northern portion of Tinian Island. Known to the Japanese as Ushi Point Airfield and North Field by the Americans.
Built by the Japanese,
it was known by the Japanese as "Ushi Point Airfield" for nearby Ushi Point on the northern tip of Tinian.
Used by the Japanese. During July 1944, heavily
damaged in the bombing missions and pre-invasion bombardment against Tinian Island.
Japanese units based at Ushi Point Airfield
121 Kokutai (C6M1 Myrt)
On July 26, 1944 captured by U. S. Marines (USMC). When the airfield was captured, several Japanese aircraft were captured including C6M1 Myrt 821 Tail 21-104, C6M1 Myrt 916 Tail 21-101 and C6M1 Myrt 21-103.
Immediately after capture, U. S. Navy
(USN) Seabees began repairing and expanding the airfield, even before the fighting had ended. After 45 days and nights of continuous work, the airfield
was ready eleven days ahead of schedule. In that time,
the construction of the three 6000' runways involved
the moving of nearly 1,000,000 cubic yards of earth and
coral while 900,000 truck miles were absorbed. In May 1945, a
fourth runway was constructed. Hardstands
for 265 B-29 bombers were built around the airfield. The four parallel 8,000 foot runways are oriented
This airfield was the base
B-29 Superfortresses bombing campaign against Japan. The flight was a 1,500 mile round trip flight from North Field on Tinian.
American Units based at North Field (Ushi Point)
505th BG, HQ USA December 19, 1944 - ?
313th BW, 504th BG HQ USA December 23, 1944
504th BG, 398th BS (B-29) USA December 23, 1944
504th BG, 421st BS (B-29) USA December 23, 1944
505th BG, 482nd BS (B-29) USA December 24, 1944
505th BG, 483rd BS (B-29) USA December 24, 1944
505th BG, 484th BS (B-29) USA December 24, 1944
6th BG, HQ USA December 28, 1944
6th BG, 24th BS (B-29) USA December 28, 1944 - first mission Jan 27, 45
9th BG, HQ
USA December 28, 1944
9th BG, 1st BS, 5th BS, 99th BS (B-29) USA December 28, 1944 - first mission Jan 25, 45
509th Composite Group, Adv echelon USA
May 18, 1945
509th Composite Group, HQ USA
May 18, 1945
509th Composite Group, 320th TCS (C-47, C-54, B-29) USA May 30, 1945
509th Composite Group, 393th BS (C-47, C-54, B-29) USA May 30, 1945
509th Composite Group combat crews arrive (B-29) June 11, 1945
504th BG, 680th BS (B-29) USA June 15, 1945
Disused since the war, the
crushed coral runways are grayish and weathered-looking,
but very derivable (only some weedy growth
it here and there). B-29's still existed
at the field after the war but were melted for scrapped
in 1950. These
runways are still visible today.
The field is abandoned and overgrown, and easily accessible
a few miles traveling north of "San Jose" on "Broadway".
Other than the runways, nothing seemed to be left
of the old facilities. No buildings were to be seen.
had grown right up to the edges of the runways and
Atomic Bomb Pit #1 and Memorial
No. 1 bomb loading pit on Tinian where the atomic
bomb, "Little Boy" was stored
before being loaded onto the B-29 "Enola
This area was heavily guarded and a tent erected
over the bomb before this top secret weapon was
loaded onto the bomber, and was dropped on Hiroshima on August 6, 1945.
Today, a single coconut palm and
a plumeria tree grow in it. Locals have always
observed misshapen coconuts on this tree, normal
ones have never been produced on this tree. This
hole is probably one of the most historically charged
remain of the island's past.
Atomic Bomb Pit #2
No. 2 bomb loading pit on Tinian where the atomic
bomb, "Fat Man" atomic bomb was loaded into B-29 "Bockscar"
44-27297 and dropped over Nagasaki. Today,
the two concrete lined pits are filled in with
Echoes from the Apocalypse includes footage of North Field and the Atomic Bomb Pits.
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March 1, 2018