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    Rosales Airfield (Carmen) Pangasinan | Luzon Philippines
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May 22, 1945
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Justin Taylan 2005

Location
Located in Carmen a barangay to the west of Rosales along the north-south MacArthur Highway.

Construction
The land used to build the runway was owned by an American sugar cane farmer living in the area, who turned the land over to the US Army. He also built a perimeter fence around the airfield to keep his cattle from wandering onto the runway.

Later, a Philippine Army camp was established near the airfield. The strip was also used as the parade ground as no planes were based there on a permanent basis, but fuel and supplies were stored at the airfield.

Used as an auxiliary airfield with a single grass runway. Rosales was the auxiliary airfield for the 3rd Pursuit Squadron based at Iba Airfield.

Wartime History
On December 8, 1941 when the Japanese attacked Luzon, several American planes including on B-18 and several P-40 Warhawks landed at Rosales to escape the Japanese attacks on Clark Field. These aircraft used the fuel stores at Rosales to refuel and return to base the next day.

After the area was occupied by the Japanese, it is is unclear and unlikely that the Japanese used it as an airfield during their occupation.

After the US Army liberated the area on January 19, 1945, it was again put into use by liaison aircraft and for amce flights

Today
The strip is today still grass covered, disused as an airfield in recent years.

References
December 8, 1941 mentions this airfield's use on that day.
Thanks to Tony Feredo for additional information.

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Last Updated
February 4, 2018

 

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