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    Funafuti Airfield (Funafuti International Airport) Fongafale Tuvalu
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Bill Barrett 1943

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November 6, 1943

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USN 1945

Location
Located on Fongafale Island on the eastern side of Funafuti. The airfield area spans the length of the island from northeast to southwest.

Construction
Built by U. S. Navy (USN) Seabees 2nd Naval Construction Battalion. It included an airstrip, control tower, facilities and radio station located at Tepuka, connected by cable to the airfield.

Wartime History
By late 1942, Funafuti Airfield was in use for reconnaissance missions against Tarawa, Mili and Jaluit before the conclusion of 1942. The first offensive operation from Tuvalu was launched on April 20, 1943 with a twenty-two B-24 raid from Funafuti to Nauru. Japanese aircraft attacked during a series of bombing raids.

Japanese missions against Funafuti and Funafuti Airfield
March 27-November 17, 1943

American units based at Funafuti
VS-65 (SBD)
307th BG, 371st BS (B-24) April 23, 1943 Wheeler
307th BG, 372nd BS (B-24) April 23, 1943 Kahuku

Today
Still in use today as "Funafuti International Airport". Airport code: FUN. Teagai Apelu's residence is the former headquarters building and includes a wartime bunker.

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Last Updated
January 9, 2018

 

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