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    Davao Airfield (Sasa, Francisco Bangoy) Mindanao¬†Philippines
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USAAF Sept 1, 1944


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USAAF c1945

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Location
Lat 7° 7' 0" Long 125° 38' 0" ¬†Located to the northeast of Davao (Davao City). Also known as Sasa Airfield or Francisco Bangoy Airport.

Wartime Usage
On December 20, 1941 occupied by the Japanese and used as an airfield. The 1st Kokutai headquarters was based at Davao, but their aircraft were dispersed at several other airfields. A6M2 Zeros from the 3rd Kokutai were also based at Davao.

On May 19, 1942 two captured P-40s and a Stearman biplane were flown to Davao by American Prisoner Of War (POW) pilots. At the airfield, Lt. Charley Sneed was asked to perform aerobatics. Afterwards, they ferried the aircraft northward but were not allowed to take parachutes and told would be shot if one tried to escape. The P-40s were piloted by Crosland and Erickson plus an American mechanic in the Stearman biplane. The American aircraft were escorted by three Ki-46 Dinahs. Near the destination there was bad weather and the older P-40 landed at a small airfield until the storm passed then proceeded at Nichols Field. This was the last flight of the Far East Air Force (FEAF) in the Defense of the Philippines.

American missions against Davao (Sasa)
August 5, 1944 - March 5, 1945

Today
Still in use today as Francisco Bangoy International Airport.

References
Doomed At The Start pages 424-426

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Last Updated
February 4, 2018

 

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