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    Floridablanca Airfield (Basa Air Base) Pampanga Philippines

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312th BG August 1945

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US Army July 15, 1946

Location
Located near Floridablanca and Porac, roughly ten miles south of Clark Field and five miles west of San Fernando.

Construction
Built prior to the war, as an American base for B-17's (unconfirmed).

Japanese Usage
Used by the Japanese to a lesser extent.

Tony Feredo adds:
"I am starting to discover trickles on information that Foridablanca may have been used by the Japanese after all. Its alternative name may have been "Del Carmen No. 2" allegedly near Sitio Palakol and the place is located in Floridablanca. It is highly probable that the Floridablanca Airfield, which the Americans improved and used must have originated from the Japanese as auxiliary or satellite field when the original Del Carmen was being targeted. Another evidence that I have is a Sept. 1944 map in my files that shows the disposition of Japanese airfields in the P. I. prior to the US invasion of Oct. 44. There it clearly states that the "New Del Carmen Field" was situated at "Palucol"-- a western deviation or misspelling of the tagalog term "Palakol" meaning "Axe".

American Usage
When the Americans liberated the area, they discovered a Ki-44 Tojo at the airfield. The airfield was enlarged and improved, and again based American heavy bombers. Including the only B-32 Dominator assigned to a combat unit. Numerous Allied aircraft were abandoned and buried here after the war. Post war, P-80's were brought here in 1945 and test flown. But never made it into combat.

American Units Based
312th BG, 387th BS (A-20) Mangaldan April 16 - Aug 12, 45 to Okinawa
312th BG HQ Mangaldan April 19, 45 from - ?
312th BG 386th BS (A-20) Mangaldan April - Aug 13, 45 to Yontan
312th BG 386th BS (B-32) Clark Field May 31 - August 13, 1945 Yontan
312th BG
, 388th BS (A-20) Mangaldan Apr 20 - Aug 13, 45 Yontan
312th BG, 389th BS (A-20) Mangaldan Apr 20 - Aug 13 45 Yontan
348th FG HQ San Marcelino May 15, 45 - July 9, 45 to Ie Shima
348th FG 340th FS (P-47, P-51) San Marcelino May 15, 45 - July 12, 45
348th FG 343rd (P-47, P-51) San Marcelino May 15 - July 12, 45
348th FG 460th FS (P-47, P-51) San Marcelino May 15 - July 12, 45

A-20G "King High Flush" 43-21935
Destroyed June 3, 1945 on the groud during bomb loading accident

Today
Known as Basa Air Base, it is used by the Philippine Air Force to this day. It is the home base of the Philippine Air Force 5th Fighter Wing.

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Last Updated
May 22, 2017

 

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