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20° 7' 58N 92° 52' 21E Akyab Airfield is located on the southern end of Akyab Island in Rakhine State in Myanmar (Burma). Also known as Sittwe Airfield.
Built prewar. On June 18, 1937 Lockheed Model 10E Electra 1055 piloted by Amelia Earhart with navigator Frederick Joseph "Fred" Noonan landed at Akyab Airfield (Sittwe) during her attempt to circumnavigation the world. She arrived from Dum Dum Airfield near Calcutta bound for Bangkok but landed at Akyab due to bad weather. She continued her flight bound for Rangoon Airfield.
During 1942, occupied by the Japanese and used as a Japanese Army Air Force (JAAF) base. During 1944, attacked by Allied aircraft.
American missions against Akyab
January 2 - May 20, 1944
Liberated by the Allies. Captured at the airfield were several Japanese aircraft, including: Ki-46-II, Ida, Ki-43 Oscar x 2, Ki-48 Lily x 2, Ki-21 Sally x 2.
American units based at Akyab
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