Eniwetok Airfield is located on Eniwetok Island. Also known as Enewetak, Enewetok or Eniwetok. The American wartime spelling was "Eniwetok".
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-109 / VPB-109 (PV-1 / PB4Y)
VD-4 NAS Barbers Point May 1944 - October 12, 1944 to Guam
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.
The airfield still remains, but is no longer an active.
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September 24, 2018