Murtha Airfield (Murtha Field, Murtha Drome) was located north east of Hill Field and west of the Tabangan River on Mindoro.
Built by the U. S. Army with a single runway of 7,000 x 100', surfaced with marston matting (PSP).
American units based at Murtha
36th FS (P-38) 1945
Micah Reysio-Cruz adds:
"In 2001, I went on an expedition with
my friend, former 417th BG pilot Frank Upchurch, to find Murtha
strip. He is a retired justice from St Augustine,FLA.
During WW2, he flew an A-20G. He participated in raids on Cebu, Leyte, and Corregidor and
other Japanese bases. All we found was a runway-width section
of asphalt. Locals said that rich families wanted their land
back after the war and bulldozed the field for sugarcane planting.
Judging by the position of the remaining blacktop, the field
ran on an East-West orientation. It is several miles inland
from the present airport [San Jose] I took a piece of asphalt and mounted it for Frank to take home."
Airdromes Guide Southwest Pacific Area - Murtha Drome
Thanks to Tony Feredo for additional information
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September 24, 2018