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    Camranh Bay (Cam Ranh Bay) Khánh Hòa Province Vietnam (French Indochina)
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Location
Camranh Bay is a deep water bay located in Khánh Hòa Province on the eastern coast of Vietnam (French Indochina) bordering the South China Sea to the east. Wartime spelling "Camranh Bay". Also known as "Cam Ranh Bay".

Wartime History
Prewar, used by the French as a Naval base and the Russian Fleet fleeing during the Russo-Japanese War.

Used by the Japanese Navy for the duration of the war as a fleet anchorage and seaplane base. Also as a staging base for the invasion of Malaysia and the Philippines.

During 1944 U.S. Navy (USN) Task Force 38 (TF-38) destroyed most Japanese facilities and it was abandoned. On December 24, 1944 a flotilla of two cruisers and eight destroyers left on December 24, 1944 to attack American forces landed on Mindoro.

American missions against Camranh Bay
December 17, 1944 - March 28, 1945

Postwar
Used by the United States during the Vietnam War.

Cam Ranh Seaplane Base
Used by the Japanese during the war

Cam Ranh Air Base
Built during the Vietnam War used by the USAF

B-24J "Shootin' Star" Serial Number 42-73249
Pilot Churgin Missing In Action January 12, 1945 shot down by F4U Corsairs accidentally

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Last Updated
February 4, 2018

 

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