Located on the southern coast of Hainan Island bordering Samah Bay. Wartime spelling "Samah". Also known as: Sanya, Yai-hsien, San-ah, Yehsien,San-ya-chiang-shih, Samah, Ya Xian, San-ya-chiang, Sama,Ya-hsien, San-ya-chen.
Occupied by the Japanese for the duration of the Pacific War.
American missions against Samah
May 4, 1943 - April 2, 1945
Samah Navy Headquarters
A total of five American aviators were detained at this location during April 1945 until the end of the Pacific War.
1st Lt. James McGuire, O-674314 (POW, survived) pilot B-25J 44-29350 ditched March 30, 1945
2nd Lt. Eugene L. Harviell, O-702422 (POW, died August 10, 1945) nav B-25J 44-29350 ditched March 30, 1945
Captain Merritt E. Lawlis, O-432168 (POW, survived) nav B-25J "Pensive" 43-27888 ditched April 3, 1945
SSgt Charles L. Suey, 16150762 (POW, died May 13, 1945) eng B-25J "Pensive" 43-27888 ditched April 3, 1945
SSgt SSgt Benjamin T. Muller, 18090388 (POW, survived) radio B-25J "Pensive" 43-27888 ditched April 3, 1945
Samah Airfield (Samah Bay Airfield)
Used by the Japanese Navy during the war
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February 4, 2018