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    Guiuan Airfield (Samar Airfield) Samar Province Philippines
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Circa 1945

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June 21, 1946
Location
Located slightly inland from Guiuan village on Samar Island bordering Leyte Gulf. Pronounced "Giwan".

Also known as "Samar Airfield" or "Samar Field".

Construction
Built by the US Navy 42nd Naval Construction Battalion (Seabees). A single runway made of crushed coral was constructed running ENE to WSW. The runway was 1.5 miles long. Minor repair facilities were available at the airfield.

Wartime Usage
This airfield was used by the US Army Air force, US Navy and USMC fighters and bombers.

On January 24, 1945 a Corsair piloted by Lt. Karl Oerth from VMF-222 blew a tire during take off, lost control and crashed into a revetment and caught fire causing the ammunition to explode, killing 13 and wounding 50, many trying to rescue the trapped pilot.

American units based at Samar
MAG 14 Janauary 1945
VMF-222 (Corsair) Nissan January 1945 Okinawa
VMF-223 (Corsair) Nissan January 1945 kinawa
VMO-251 (F4U) Guadalcanal first U. S. Marine Corps squadron to operate from Guiuan
22nd BG, 408th BS (B-24) Angaur January 14 - March 13, 1945 Clark
22nd BG, 2nd BS (B-24) Angaur January 20 - March 14, 1945 Clark
22nd BG, 33rd BS, HQ (B-24) Angaur January 21 - March 12, 1945 Clark
22nd BG, 19th BS (B-24) Angaur January 27 - March 15, 1945 Clark
5th BG, 23rd BS (B-24) Morotai February 20, 1945 - ?
5th BG, 394th BS (B-24) Morotai March 2, 1945 - ?
5th BG, HQ (B-24) Morotai March 5, 1945 - ?
2nd CCG, 6th CCS (C-46) Biak March 8, 1945 - ?
7th BG, 31st BS (B-24) Morotai March 17, 1945 - ?
5th BG, 72nd BS (B-24) Morotai March 20, 1945 - ?

Today
Disused since the war.

References
Corsair page 90-91
Thanks to Tony Feredo for additional information

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