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Robert Laessig c1945

Puerto Princesa Airfield is located at Puerto Princesa on Palawan Island, inland from Puerto Princesa Seaplane Base and the port area. Also known as "Puerto Princesa Airfield" or "Palawan Airfield". During World War II, many Americans misspelled the location as "Puerta Princesa".

Built by the Japanese.

Wartime History
Used by the Japanese during the war. During late 1944 until February 28, 1945 heavily bombed by American aircraft.

Japanese units based at Puerto Princesa
71st Sentai (Ki-43 Oscar)

American missions against Puerto Princesa
October 28, 1944 - February 27, 1945

On February 28, 1945 the U. S. Army 41st Infantry Division "Jungleers" Regimental Comat Team (RCT) from the made an amphibious landing at Puerto Princesa and captured Puerto Princesa Airfield. At the captured airfield was Ki-43-II Oscar and B6N Jill.

After liberation, repairs and expansion were begun on Puerto Princesa Airfield by the U. S. Army 8th Engineers for American usage. Over twelve days, the 1897th Engineer Aviation Battalion reconstructed the 4,000' runway. On March 20, 1945 the first American aircraft began landing at Puerto Princesa Airfield.

By early March, 13th Air Force Fighter Command moved to Puerto Princesa Airfield, where it was based until the end of the war. Puerto Princesa (Palawan Airfield) was designated as U. S. Army APO 705.

On April 14, 1945 U. S. Navy Commander Fleet Air Wing 10 arrived at Puerto Princessa, to direct patrol plane operations against the shipping in the South China Sea and along the Indo-China coast.

American units based at Puerto Princesa
13th AF, 13th Fighter Command, Headquarters March 1945 - August 1945
13th AF, 419th NFS (ground echelon) Middleburg March 6, 1945 (P-61) Morotai March 16, 1945
347th FG, HQ San Jose March 6, 1945
347th FG, 67th FS (ground echelon) San Jose March 6, 1945 (P-38) Morotai March 21 - August 1945
347th FG, 68th FS (P-38) San Jose March 6, 1945
347th FG, 339th FS (ground echelon) San Jose March 6, 1945 (P-38) Morotai March 25, 1945
42nd BG, 69th BS (ground echelon) Sansapor March 6, 1945 Morotai March 22, 1945
42nd BG, 100th BS (B-25) Sansapor March 15, 1945 (ground echelon) Morotai March 22, 1945
42nd BG, 390th BS (B-25) Morotai March 21, 1945
42nd BG, 75th BS (B-25) Sansapor March 22, 1945
13th AF, 550th NFS (P-38, P-61 detachment) ? - June 19, 1945 Tacloban
USN, Fleet Air Wing 10 (PB4Y2 Privateers) April 14, 1945
18th FG, 12th FS (P-38) San Jose April 26 - May 11, 1945 Zamboanga
311th Photographic Wing, 2nd Photographic Charting Squadron (F-7) Morotai May 5, 1945
4th PRG, 17th PRS (F-5, B-25) Morotai May 7 1945 until the end of the Pacific War

Thanks to Tony Feredo for additional information.

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Last Updated
February 4, 2018


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