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    Del Carmen Airfield Pampanga | Luzon Philippines

Location
Del Carmen Airfield is located to the south of Clark Field at Del Carmen.

Construction
Prewar, construction of a runway was begun at this location. On November 16, 1941 Col. Brady visited Del Carmen and observed a single company of about 190 men working with very limited equipment to build a single runway planned to be 3,600' in length by 300' wide. By that date, 2,000' of sugar cane had yet to be cleared and the soil was a sandy loam that was prone to dust and would cloud the area and the area lacked water. It was scheduled to be ready by December 1, 1941 for B-17 Flying Fortress bombers to disperse them away from Clark Field.

Wartime History
On December 8, 1941 at the start of the Pacific War, Del Carmen Airfield was attacked by the Japanese.

American Units based at Del Carmen
24th PG, 34th PS (P-35s) Nichols December 12-25, 1941 Bataan

Japanese Occupation
Occupied by the Japanese Army, Del Carmen Airfield was used by Japanese aircraft as a satellite field for Clark Field.

Japanese Units Based at Del Carmen
52nd Hikou Sentai (Ki-84) Ashiya September - October 1944 Alicante returns Nov - Dec 44 to Shimodate

Japanese Paratrooper Attack - December 7, 1944
Operation Te-Go: Japanese General Yamashita ordered the entire First Airborne Brigade with two regiments to jump the American beachhead on Leyte on December 6, 1944. Japanese paratroopers loaded into 95th Sentai Ki-49 Helens and Ki-57 Topsys. They took off from Angeles South Airfield and Del Carmen Airfield. For the paratrooper drop and crash landings against the American liberated San Pablo Airfield and Buri Airfieldat 1800 hours. Although the paratroopers caught the Americans by surprise, those who did reach the airfields were ineffective. The attack proved to be disorganized and an abortive effort.

References
Nippon News Leyte Paratroopers Attack - December 6-7, 1944 includes footage of Del Carmen Airfield
December 8, 1941 MacArthur's Pearl Harbor page 205-206

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Last Updated
February 4, 2018

 

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