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    Carolina Airfield (Carolina de la Paz, Luisita, Manapla) Negros Philippines
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David Mason 2000

Location
Carolina Airfield was located at Hacienda Luisita in Negros Occidental Province roughly two miles inland from the northern coast of Negros Island in the Philippines. To the south is Highway 1 and to the southeast is Caduhaan (Kaduhaan). Also known as Carolina de la Paz or Luisita. Also known as Manapla Airfield for Manapla to the southwest.

Prewar
The area was part of Hacienda Luisita a sugar cane plantation with a narrow gauge railroad with carts to bring sugar cane from the fields to the refinery.

Construction
The Japanese built a single runway at this location for use as a fighter strip. The only structure at the airfield was a concrete command center that was buried to hide it from observation. The Japanese used the narrow gauge railroad with carts to transport fuel and bombs from the coast inland to the airfield.

Wartime History
Used by the Japanese Army Air Force (USAAF) fighter aircraft. During late 1944 until early 1945 attacked by U. S. aircraft.

American missions against Carolina Airfield
November 15, 1944 - January 19, 1945

Today
Abandoned after the war as an airfield. Today it is a sugar cane field.

Narrow Gauge Rail Road and Carts
The narrow gauge railroad line and carts remain.

Command Center Bunker
The remains of concrete fortification built by the Japanese as a command center are still standing.  This was the only permanent building at the airstrip, and was covered in earth to hide it from observation.

HO-5 20mm Cannon
David Mason adds: "Using a metal detector we were able to recover numerous Japanese 20mm shell casings and an HO-5 20mm cannon."

References
Thanks to David Mason and Tony Feredo for additional information

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