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USN Sept 13, 1944
417th BG c1944
Lat 10° 38' 33N Long 122° 55' 47E Bacolod Airfield is located at an elevation of 25' above sea level to the north of Bacolod in Negros Occidental Province in the northwest of Negros Island in the Philippines. Some American wartime references incorrectly spell the location "Bacalod" incorrectly. The correct spelling is "Bacolod". Also known as Bacolod Drome.
Built prewar as a civilian airport also used by the U. S. Army with a single runway at this location.
During the Japanese occupation of the Philippines, occupied by the Japanese Army and used as a fighter strip by the Japanese Army Air Force (JAAF). Also used as a transit depot for fighter aircraft being flown to other area.
In November 1944, the Japanese concentrated their aircraft at Bacolod Airfield and Fabrica Airfield as they were their nearest airfields to the American landing area and airfields on eastern Leyte.
American missions against Bacolod
October 30, 1944–March 18, 1945
On March 30, 1945 Bacolod Airfield was liberated by the U. S. Army.
Remained in use as Bacolod Airport.
Bacolod Airfield was used until around the early 2000s then closed when near Silay Airfield was developed and became known as Bacolod Airport (new airport) or Bacolod-Silay International Airport. After the new airport was opened, the Bacolod Airport (old airport) was closed and the area developed into office and manufacturing space.
Note Bacolod Airport (new airport) is a different location to the north at the former Silay Airfield
Index to Air Bases - Research Report No. 85, I.G. No 9185 - July 30, 1944
Thanks to Tony Feredo for additional information
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