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    Turtle Bay Airfield (Fighter 1) 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 on the eastern coast of Espiritu Santo (Santo). Also known as Turtle Bay Field or Fighter 1. To the north is the Nalaiafu River and to the northeast is Turtle Bay. To the east is the Vaucluse Passage, Matte Vulu Island and Mavia Island (Mafia). To the southeast is Peterson Point, Aesi Island (Aessi Island) and further to the south is Lungaville (Santo).

Prewar
This area was 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 (Fighter 1)
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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November 9, 2017

 

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