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    Lipa Airfield (West Lipa, Fernando Air Base) Batangas Province | Luzon Philippines
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VMB-423 Jan 12, 1945

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Location
Lat 13° 57' 18N Long 121° 7' 30E  Lipa Airfield is located two miles west of Lipa. Mount Makulot is to the east. Prewar, the area was a sugar cane plantation. Also known as "Old Lipa", "West Lipa" or "Lipa Air Base".

Construction
Built by the U. S. Army prior to the Pacific War.

Wartime History
On December 22, 1941 the 27th Bombardment Group was temporarily transferred its personnel to Lipa before departing on December 25 to Cabcaben Airfield.

During early 1942, occupied by elements of the Japanese Army 16th Division commanded by General Morioka. During the Japanese occupation, Lipa Airfield was repaired and expanded by the Japanese.

American missions against Lipa
December 22, 1944 - March 21, 1945

TBM-1C Avenger Bureau Number 46355
Pilot Ballantine, Jr. MIA November 19, 1944 exploded over the runway

Postwar
On April 12, 1948 President Manuel Roxas renamed Lipa Air Base to Fernando Field, and later Fernando Air Base. Named in honor of Philippine aviation pioneer, Philippines Army Air Corps (PAAC) Lt Col Basilio Fernando who flew prior to the Pacific War.

In 1952, Fernando Air Base became a training base for the Philippine Air Force (PAF), 100th Training Wing and other supporting units and used to train Philippine aviators including an Air Force Flying School, Technical Training Center, and NCO Academy and used until September 22, 1999.

Today
Still in use today as a military airfield known as "Fernando Air Base" or "Fernando AB". Airport code: ICAO: RPUL. The single runway is oriented 21/03 and measures 4,953' x 148' with a PEM surface (Partially Concrete, Asphalt or Bitumen-bound Macadam).

References
Index to Air Bases - Research Report No. 85, I.G. No 9185 - July 30, 1944 - Old Lipa
Thanks to Tony Feredo for additional information.

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February 4, 2018

 

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