Aparri Airfield is located at Aparri in Cagayan Province on the northern tip of Luzon.
Built prewar as an emergency runway. There were two runways: Aparri I (east) and Aparri II (south, Camalaniugan).
On December 10, 1941 occupied by the Japanese. By mid-December 1941, Aparri Airfield was used by
the Japanese Army Air Force (JAAF) aircraft from Formosa as their first base on Luzon. On December 21, 1941 the Japanese
flew exiled Filipino Revolutionary, General Artemio Ricarte
to Aparii to
assist with Japanese occupation.
Tony Feredo adds:
"US gliders at Calamaniugan, a short distance from the Japanese airfield, although it was said that Calamaniugan was also used as the airstrip."
Japanese units based at Aparri
60th Sentai (Ki-21)
14th Sentai (Ki-21)
mission against Aparri
January 14 - August 7, 1945
On June 23, 1945 seven gliders
of the 188th Glider Infantry Regiment landed at the mouth of the
Cagayan River, without incident landing the 511th Parachute Infantry Regiment (PIR). This attack was the first (and only) time
in the Pacific Theater. The paratroopers linked up with a
large force of Filipino guerrillas. The combined force
advances southward to make contact with the US Army's 37th
Disused since the war.
Thanks to Tony Feredo for additional information
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February 4, 2018