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    Matina Airfield (Navy No. 2) Mindanao Philippines

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Circa 1944-45

Location
Lat 7° 10' 0"  Long 125° 30' 0" Located to the southwest of Davao (Davao City) bordering Davao Gulf on the southeastern corner of Mindanao. Also know as Davao No. 2 or Navy No. 2.

Construction
Built by the Japanese, the 1st Air Fleet was stationed at Davao in anticpation of the return of US forces in 1944.

Japanese Units Based at Matina
153rd Kokutai, Hikotai 901st (J1N1 Irving) August 1944
Equipped with both the early and the late model J1N1s. Later on the unit dispersed several aircraft around Tacloban, Cebu and Nichols

American Missions Against Matina
September 1, 1944 - March 5, 1945

Today
Disused since the war, redeveloped into housing and commercial property. An SM Mall is located just to the west of the former airfield.

References
Thanks to Tony Feredo for additional information.

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May 22, 2017

 

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