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5th AF c1945
US Army c1945
Robert Laessig c1945
Japanese units based at Puerto Princesa
American missions against Puerto Princesa
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
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