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    Vigan Ilocos Sur Province | Luzon Philippines
USAAF January 20, 1945

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Justin Taylan 2003

Lat 17° 34' 29N Long 120° 23' 13E Vigan is located on the western coast of Luzon.

Wartime History
On December 10, 1941 the Japanese Army "Kanno Detachment" departing from Mako, Pescadores lands at Vigan. The force begins marching and using trucks to move northward and occupies Laoag two days later. Occupied by the Japanese and used as a port and base area. Unlike other cities in the Philippines, Vigan escaped heavy bombing by American aircraft, saving most of the city's historic Spanish and prewar buildings.

Vigan Airfield
Occupied by the Japanese at the start of the war.

American missions against Vigan
January 2, 1942 - March 8, 1945

Hokurei Maru
October 6, 1944 after being damaged by submarine attacks, the ship is beached off Vigan, and attacked repeatedly in future attacks by US aircraft.

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Last Updated
February 4, 2018


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