Lat 11° 13' 39N Long 125° 1' 40E Tacloban Airfield is located
on Cataisan Point to the east of Tacloban on the northeastern tip of Leyte. To the east borders San Pedro Bay and Leyte Gulf.
Built prewar as a single runway running north to south running parallel to the coastline band San Pedro Bay.
During 1942, occupied by the Japanese who referred to this location as "Tacroban".
On October 20, 1944 liberated by the U.S. Army. Immediately, the runway was repaired and expanded for use by American aircraft. Within a week U.S. Army Air Force aircraft and units began moving to Tacloban and assumed control of direct air support over Leyte from the US Navy, when they withdrew on October 29, 1944. Developed into a major American airfield designated U. S. Army APO 72 (Tacloban).
American Units based at Tacloban
49th FG 7th FS (P-38) Biak October 24 - Dec 30, 44 San
49th FG 9th FS (P-38) Biak October 24 - Dec 30, 44 San
49th FG 8th FS (P-38) Biak October 25, 1944 - ?
86th FW 421st NFS (P-38,-61) Owi Oct 25, 44 - Feb 8, 45 San Marcelino
71st TRG 17th RS (B-25) Biak Nov 2 - Dec 23, 44 to San
71st TRG air echelon (P-40) Biak November 3, 44 - ?
348th FG 460th FS (P-47) Noemfoor Nov 10 - Dec 12, 44 Tanauan
43rd BG 63rd BS (B-24) Owi Nov 23, 44 - March 19, 45 Clark
43rd BG 64th BS (B-24) Owi Nov 23, 44 - March 22, 45 Clark
43rd BG 65th BS (B-24) Owi Nov 23, 44 - March 16, 45 Clark
43rd BG 403rd BS (B-24) ? - March 15, 1945 Clark
348th FG 340th FS (P-47) Noemfoor Nov 30 - Dec 14, 44 Tanauan
348th FG 342th FS (P-47) Noemfoor Dec 1 - 16, 44 Tanauan
348th FG 341st FS (P-47) ? - Dec 15, 44 Tanauan
345th BG, 498, 499 BS Dulag Dec
27 - Feb 12, 45 San Marcelino
345th BG, , 500, 501 BS Dulag Dec
27 - Feb 12, 45
417th BG 672, 673 BS (A-20s) Noemfoor Dec 6 - 22,
417th BG 674, 675 BS (A-20s) Noemfoor Dec 6 - 22,
20th CMS 6th PRS (F-7s) Jan 25 - Feb 23, 1945
50th NFS (P-38,-61,-70) Morotai Mar 8
- Apr 27, 1945 Zamboanga
374th TCG 6th TCS (C-47s) Biak March 12, 1945 - ?
6th RG 311th PW (F-7s) Hollandia July 11 - Aug
1, 45 Clark
VPB-117 (PB4Y) December 1944 - February 1945 San
VPB-137 (PV-1) Mokerang January 1, 1945 - February 17, 1945 Clark
Still in use today as a civilian airport known as Tacloban Airport or Daniel Z. Romualdez Airport. Airport codes: ICAO: RPVA and IATA: TAC. The single runway is oriented 36/18 measures 7,014' x 148' surfaced with asphalt.
On November 7 2013 Typhoon Haiyan made landfall at Tacloban with sustained winds of 195-235mph caused severe damage to the airport and city from flooding, mud, destroying structures and causing thousands of casualties. The next day, Tacloban Airport became the center of relief efforts when the Philippine Government ordered military C-130 Hercules transports to Tacloban Airport to deliver supplies and relief.
XB-24D "Liberty Belle" 42-40686
Pilot Grimm force landed October 30, 1944
Abandoned at the airfield
Thanks to Tony Feredo for additional information.
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October 19, 2018