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    Hengyang Airfield (Heng Yang, Bajialing) Hunan Province China

Location
Lat 23°45'0" Long 109°30'0"  Hengyang Airfield was located near Hengyang to the east of the Xiang River in the Zhuhui District of Hunan Province in south central China.

Construction
Built during September 1929.

Wartime History
During the Pacific War, Hengyang Airfield was the largest airfield under Allied control in southern China along the Hengyang-Kweilin line. Used by the China Air Task Force (CATF) during June to August 1942 as a forward airfield for bombing missions against targets in the Yangtze Valley.

Japanese missions against Hengyang
July 2, 1942–May 30, 1944

American units based at Hengyang
7th BG, 11th BS (B-25 det) Kunming June 30 - July 20, 1942 Kunming
23rd FG, 75th FS (P-40, P-51) activated July 4 - Aug 17, 42 Changyi returns Nov 1, 1943 - June 10, 44 Lingling
341st BG, 11th BS (B-25 det) Kweilin June 21, 1943
23rd FG, 76th FS (P-40) Lingling August 10 - November 21, 1943 Kweilin
51st FG, 449th FS (P-38 det) Lingling September 1, 1943 -
51st FG, 16th FS (P-40) Kweilin September 20 - November 25, 1943 Chengkung

During the Defense of Hengyang (Battle of Hengyang) July-August 1945 the Japanese Army battled Chinese troops around Hengyang. On August 8, 1945, the city and Hengyang Airfield were surrendered to the Japanese. Afterwards, both were the target of American bombing and strafing missions.

American missions against Hengyang
April 3, 1944–August 11, 1945

Today
Hengyang Airport operated until 1995. The runway was 5,167' in length. Airport codes: IATA: HNY, ICAO. Replaced by the New Hengyang Nanyue Airport.

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Last Updated
August 27, 2019

 

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