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David Mason 2000

Location
Dulag Airfield was located west of Dulag on Leyte inland from the coast. Also known as "Dulag Field".

Construction
Built by the Japanese Army, with local Dulagnon labor.

American Usage
Liberated in November 1944, the runway was repaired, improved and widened into a major base, with a double set of ravetments and taxiways to the side of the strip.

American units based at Dulag
475th FG, HQ Biak October 28, 1944 - Feb 5, 1945 San Jose
71 TRG, 110 TRS (ground echelon) Biak Nov 3 - Dec 25, 1944 San Jose
6th PRS 8th PRS (F-5) Biak Nov 4, 1944 - May 20, 1945 Clark Field
8th FG, 35th, 36th FS (ground echelons) Morotai Nov 5, 1944 - ?
3rd BG, 89th BS (A-20) Hollandia Nov 7 - December 30, 1944
475th FG, 431st FS (P-38) Biak Nov 9, 1944 - Feb 28, 1945 Clark Field
475th FG, 432nd FS (P-38) Biak Nov 2-9, 1944 - Feb 27, 1945 Clark Field
475th FG, 433st FS (P-38) Biak Nov 9, 1944 - Feb 28, 1945 Clark Field
345th BG, 500th BS (B-25) Biak November 10 - December 27, 1944
345th BG, 501st BS (B-25) Biak November 13 - December 27, 1944 Tacloban
13th AF, 418th NFS (P-61) Morotai November 14 - 30, 1944 San Jose
3rd BG, 8th BS (A-20) Hollandia Nov 15 - December 30, 1944
6th PRG, 20th CMS (ground) Biak Nov 15, 44 - May 18, 45 Clark Field
8th FG, 80th FS (ground) Morotai November 15, 1944
3rd BG, 13th BS (A-20) - November 20 - December 30, 1944
6th PRG, 25th PRS (F-5) - November 24 - Jan 3, 1945 to San Jose
8th FG, 35th FS (P-38s) - November 28, 1944
8th FG, 36th FS & 80th FS (P-38s) - November 30, 1944
25th Liaison Squadron (UC-78s and L-5s) Biak, det. at Tanuan
433rd TCG, 66th TCS (C-46, C-47) Biak Jan 18, 1945 - ?
433rd TCG, 70th TCS (C-46, -47) Hollandia Feb 28 - April 12, 45 Tanuan
6th PRG, 20th CMS (F-7) Biak Jan 22 - May 18, 1945 to Clark Field
2nd CCG, 8th CCS (C-46) Biak March 19, 1945 - Aug 20, 45 Okinawa
2nd CCG, 6th CCS (C-46) Biak March 25, 1945 - Aug 16, 45 Okinawa
2nd CCG, 7th CCS (C-46) Biak May 1, 1945 - Aug 20, 45 Okinawa
403rd TCG, 63th TCS (C-47) Biak May 3 1945 - ?
2nd CCG, 5th CCS (C-46) Biak May 15, 1945 - Aug 16, 45 Okinawa
2nd CCG HQ Biak May 15, 1945 - Aug 20, 45 Okinawa
403rd TCG, 65th TCS (C-46, C-47) July 15, 45 - ?
403rd TCG, 64th TCS (C-47) July 16, 45 - ?
403rd TCG, 13th TCS (C-47) Espiritu Santo July 17, 45 - ?
403rd TCG, 66th TCS (C-46) Morotai Aug 15, 45 - ?
418th NFS (ground echelon) Morotai Nov 14 - 30, 1944 San Jose
17th PRS (B-25, F-5 detachment) Morotai Feb 9, 1945 - ?
FEAF, 25th Liaison Sqn (UC-78, L-5) Biak Mar 5 - April 19, 45 Malabang

Today
Disused since the war, and today there is little trace of it.  The road runs along the same poision as during the war.

Dulag Airfield Memorial
A memorial is built at the former airfield., with a memorial plaque and an airplane model on a concrete pad. The memorial plaque reads: "World War II Airfield - Brgy. Rawis Dulag, Leyte, Philippines. Constructed by the Japanese Imperial Army supported by free labor from the Dulagnons. Taken over by the Allied liberation forces in 1944, improving and widening the area with steel matting runways. Fighter and bomber planes wee stationed here through the war days."

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February 4, 2018

 

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