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    Aparri Airfield (Aparri I, Aparri II) Cagayan Province | Luzon Philippines
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January 14, 1945

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June 23, 1945

Location
Aparri Airfield is located at Aparri in Cagayan Province on the northern tip of Luzon.

Construction
Built prewar as an emergency runway. There were two runways: Aparri I (east) and Aparri II (south, Camalaniugan).

Wartime History
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)

American mission against Aparri
January 14 - August 7, 1945

Liberation
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 Division.

Today
Disused since the war.

References
Thanks to Tony Feredo for additional information

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Last Updated
January 9, 2018

 

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