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.
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
Missions Against Matina
September 1, 1944 - March 5, 1945
Disused since the war, redeveloped into housing and commercial property. An SM Mall is located just to the west of the former airfield.
Thanks to Tony Feredo for additional information.
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September 24, 2018