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    Eniwetok Airfield (Stickell Field) Enewetak Marshall Islands
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USN 1944

Location
Eniwetok Airfield is located on Eniwetok Island. Also known as Enewetak, Enewetok or Eniwetok. The American wartime spelling was "Eniwetok".

Construction
During late February 1944, built by the Americans began building an airfield at this location. Construction was undertaken by echelons of the 110th Battalion in late February 1944, and immediately began building the bomber strip. On March 11, 1944 the first plane landed and on April 5, 1944 the airfield was completed.

The first mission by permanently based bomber squadrons was flown from Stickell Field. The completed field, 6,800' long and 400' wide, had two taxiways, facilities for major engine-overhaul, and housing for aviation personnel in quonset huts.

Often used as a ferry strip for B-24 and B-25 on missions to Truk and other targets. On April 18, B-24s from VD-3 (PB4Y Liberator) fly a 13 hour flight from Eniwetok for coverage over Saipan.

American units based at Enewetak
VB-108 (PB4Y)
VB-109 / VPB-109 (PV-1 / PB4Y)
VD-4 from Barbers Point May 1944 - October 12, 1944 to Guam

Naming Honors
During early 1944 named in honor of Lt. John H. Stickell, a U. S. Naval Aviator and former RAF pilot, who died from wounds received in action during a low-level attack against Jaluit Atoll.

Today
The airfield still remains, but is no longer an active.

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Last Updated
January 9, 2018

 

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