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    Talara Airfield (Talora, Captain FAP Víctor Montes Arias) Piura Region Peru
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March 1942

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Location
Lat 04°34′35″S Long 81°15′14″W Located east of Talara at 276'. Also known as "Talora". Wartime spelling "Talara". Also known as "Talara Field" or "Talara Airport".

Construction
Prewar airfield had two intersecting runways, the longest 3,200' x 164'. Supporting hangers and a radio mast were at the airfield. Used by Pan American-Grace Airways (Panagra) and the Peruvian Air Force.

Wartime History
Used by civilian aircraft during the war. The first American forces arrived on March 8, 1942. Three P-40C Warhawks from the 16th Pursuit Group operated from the airfield during March 1942 to protect the oil refineries in the area. During the war, APO 817.

Construction of barracks and other facilities began during August 1942. This airfield was briefly used, but was too short for safe B-17 or B-24 operations.

The US Army built Talara Army Airfield to the east. Used by the USAAF, 6th Air Force to defend the South American coastline and for communications.

Today
Still in use today as a joint military and civilian airport. Known as "Captain FAP Víctor Montes Arias Airport" also known as simply "Captain Montes". Airport code FAP.

References
Alae Supra Canalem page 36 (photo), 40 (map), 186

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January 9, 2018

 

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