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USAAC 1941

Edwin Fitchett 1946

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Justin Taylan 2009

Lat 16° 22' 30N Long 120° 37' 11E  Loakan Airfield is located outside Baguio near Camp John Hay. Also known as Baguio Airport.

Built prewar to supply mining operations in the Baguio and Benguet Province. Prewar, the airfield was also utilized by the U. S. Army Air Corps (USAAC) and Philippine Army Air Corps (PAAC).

Loakan Airfield was used by Philippine Aerial Taxi Company and for light aircraft service between Grace Park Airfield (Manila North) to Loakan Airfield (Baguio) and other destinations.

Pigboat 39 page 41-42
"...she booked passage on a private plane. It was a first flight and almost a last. The Coe party were the only passengers in the tiny six seater, and Rachel [pregnant wife of S-39 officer] had not anticipated the fearful buffeting from rain and wind that had Lottie telling her beads between bouts of nausea, and made Jean's small face pucker with tears as she cried out "No Mommie. It isn't fun like a merry-go-round." The Filipino pilot spoke Spanish and Tagalog, no English, but Rachel figured that it didn't really matter, since she was speechless all the way. When they landed at Manila in the midst of more rain, she was already plotting transportation for the 22 mile drive to the Cañacao Naval Hospital at Cavitie, where nine-pound Henry Coe was born shortly after."

Wartime History
On December 8, 1941 the airfield was attacked by Japanese Army aircraft. The Japanese Army's 9th Regiment occupied the airfield on December 24, 1941. Occupied by the Japanese until April 1945 when the area was liberated by the U. S. Army.

Today known as "Baguio Airport". Still in use for domestic flights in the Philippines, twice a week. When flights are not due, pedestrians and vehicles cross the center of the runway. The single runway is orientated 27/09 and measures 5,912' x 115' surfaced with concrete. Airport codes: ICAO: RPUB IATA: BAG.

Pigboat 39 page 41-42
Thanks to Tony Feredo for additional information.

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May 22, 2017




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