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    Bauer Field (Via, Port Vila Airport) Efat鬆Vanuatu (New Hebrides)

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USN June 1942

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USAAF April 20, 1943

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Bauer Field is located to the north of Port Vila on Efaté Island. Also known as Vila Airport or Port Vila Airport.

Wartime History
During the Pacific War, used by American aircraft.

American units based at Bauer Field
VMF-212 (F4F)

Naming Honor
Renamed Bauer Field for Lt. Col. Harold Bauer, C.O. of VMF-212 who was killed in action on November 14, 1942 over Guadalcanal. Bauer was credited with 11 confirmed aircraft shoot downs and earned the Congressional Medal of Honor.

Still in use today as Vila Airport that serves as Vanuatu's International Airport. Airport code: VLI. During the early 2000s, upgraded to handle Boeing B-737 airliners.

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Last Updated
June 15, 2017


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