Lat 6° 54' 24N Long 134° 8' 43E Angaur Airfield is
located on on the eastern edge of Angaur Island in southern Palau (Republic of Palau, Belau, Pelew).
On September 20, 1944 after Angaur Island was declared secured, construction of Angaur Airfield was initiated. A single 7,000' x 150' coral surfaced runway was built oriented northeast to southwest with a tarmac. By early November 1944, 7th Air Force B-24 Liberators began flying bombing mission from Angaur.
American units based at Angaur
494th BG, 864th BS (B-24) Barking Sands September 30, 1944 - June 24, 1945 Yontan
494th BG, 865th BS (B-24) Barking Sands September 30, 1944 - June 24, 1945 Yontan
494th BG, 866th BS (B-24) Barking Sands September 30, 1944 - June 24, 1945 Yontan
494th BG, 867th BS (B-24) Barking Sands September 30, 1944 - June 24, 1945 Yontan
22nd BG, HQ, 33rd BS (B-24) Leyte November 26, 1944 - June 24, 1945 Guiuan
22nd BG, 2nd BS (B-24) Leyte November 28, 44 - Jan 20, 45 Guiuan
22nd BG, 408th BS (B-24) Leyte December 1, 44 - Jan 14, 45 Guiuan
22nd BG, 19th BS (B-24) Leyte December 3, 1944 - Jan 27, 45 Guiuan
419th TCG (C-47 detachment) January 31, 45 - ?
Still in use today as Angaur Airport, used on a very limited basis for domestic flights to Airai Airport (Babelthuap Airfield, Palau International Airport).
Aircraft Boneyard Dump
Located at the northern end of the airfield was the dump. It is located between the road and the
sea, in amongst the trees. The remains of a F4U Corsair,
several B-24s and a C-47 are found there. The
Corsair is relatively intact, while the C-47 and B-24s are
largely in pieces. Undercarriage parts abound, and there
is even a ball turret there, as well as many other bits and
pieces. But being so close to the pounding surf (Angaur does
not have a reef) corrosion is taking its toll.
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January 9, 2018