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    Turtle Bay Airfield Espiritu Santo Vanuatu (New Hebrides)

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USN Nov 20, 1942

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USMC September 1943

Location
Turtle Bay Airfield was located near the eastern coast in the center of Espiritu Santo Island (Santo) bordering Turtle Bay to the northwest. To the east is Mavia Island and Aesi Island (Aessi Island).

Also known as "Turtle Bay Field". Prewar, this area was a plantation with coconut palms harvesting copra.

Construction
By late 1942, a single runway was built at this location with a taxiways and revetments off both sides of the runway.

Wartime History
During the Pacific War, used by American fighter aircraft including U. S, Marine Corps (USMC) squadrons.

American units based at Turtle Bay Airfield
VMF-213 (F4U) March 1943 - April 1943 Guadalcanal
VMF-214 (F4U) March 1 - 14, 1943 Guadalcanal
VF-33 (F6F) ? - ? Guadalcanal

Today
Disused since the war and overgrown.

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May 22, 2017

 

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