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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
Mili Airfield is located at Mili Island in Mili Atoll (Mille) in the Marshall Islands. 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. The island had one radar with a range of 50 miles, giving ten minutes warning for any enemy aircraft inbound.

Wartime History
During the Pacific War, the Japanese Navy bombers and fighters operated from Mili Airfield. Many were destroyed by American air raids. Attached by U. S. aircraft during June 1943 until August 1944.

American missions against Mili Airfield
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 on the island.

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Last Updated
February 20, 2019

 

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