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    Batan Island Batanes Province¬†Philippines

Location
Batan Island is part of the Batanes Island Group located approximately 120 miles north of Luzon and south of Formosa. The island is dominated by Mount Iraya (Mt. Iraya) with an elevation of 3,307'.

Wartime History
On December 8, 1941 a Japanese Special Task Force that departed Formosa landed at Batan Island, one of the first locations in the Philippines occupied by the Japanese. Occupied by the Japanese for the duration of the war.

Basco
Lat 20° 26' 60N Long 121° 58' 0E ¬†Located on Batan Island.

Japanese Tunnels
Japanese tunnels dug during the war are scattered throughout the island around Basco and in the Naidi Hills. Beside the gravel road going to the barrio of San Joaquin on Batan's east coast, there are a couple of tunnels partially hidden from view by the overgrowth. One is passable, but only for a few meters. Mr. Bata of the Philippine Information Agency is helpful guide in the area.

American missions against Basco
February 21 - July 4, 1945

Basco Airfield
Located near Basco

Basco Seaplane Base
Located near Basco

Itbud
A short distance before Imnajbu, the buildings of the abandoned US radio installation still stands.

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Last Updated
August 25, 2018

 

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