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    Opon Airfield (Mactan, Cebu International) Cebu Philippines
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USN 1945

Location
Lat 10° 18' 27N Long 123° 58' 46E  Opon Airfield is located at Mactan Island, two miles to the south of Cebu City. Also known as Mactan Airfield. Today known as Mactan-Cebu International Airport or Cebu International Airport.

Wartime History
During the Japanese occupation of Cebu, Opon Airfield was the primary Japanese Navy base in the Cebu area. The Japanese referred to this airfield as "Mactan Airfield".

Japanese units based at Opon/Mactan
1021 Kokutai (G4M, transport) Nichols and Cebu
256 Kokutai (A6M Zero)

American missions against Opon
October 22, 1944 - February 7, 1945

Postwar
This airfield was rehabilitated during the 1960s by the US military. During the Vietnam War, some USAF B-52s made emergency landings at this airfield during the conflict.

Today
Still in use today as Mactan-Cebu International Airport (MCIAA) also known as Cebu International Airport. Airport codes: ICAO: RPVM, IATA: CEB. Today, the single runway measures 10,827' x 148' oriented 22/04 surfaced with asphalt.

References
Thanks to Tony Feredo and Sigurd Lasa for additional information

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Last Updated
February 4, 2018

 

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