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    Mili Airfield (Mille Airfield) Mili Atoll Marshall Islands
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7th AF c1944

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USN 1944

Location
Located at Mili Island. Also known as "Mille Airfield".

Construction
During late 1942, the Japanese began developing an airfield on the island, using Korean and Marshallese labor force. Three crossing runways were built measuring 4750', 4550' and 4400'. Also, two hangars and a service apron. By end of 1943 there were also several hundred buildings, mainly of wooden construction, a wooden pier and several repair shops. There was one radar set (range 50 miles) on island, giving the air wing ten minutes warning of any enemy aircraft inbound.

Wartime History
During the war two squadrons of planes were temporarily stationed at Mili. Many were destroyed on the ground.

American missions against Mili
June 17, 1943 - August 30, 1944

Today
Still in use for small aircraft, it is the only airfield servicing the atoll area. A large number of plane wrecks, mainly Zeros and Betty bombers are scattered about on the island.

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Last Updated
February 4, 2018

 

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