Moen Seaplane Base was located at the southern corner of Moen Island in Truk Lagoon in Chuuk State (Truk) in the Federated States of Micronesia. Built adjacent during early 1944 was Moen No. 2 Airfield (Moen 2).
During November 1941, construction of a seaplane base was begun at this location and was completed in April 1943. The base had a large concrete ramp with an apron 200' x 1,500' with a secondary ramp 240'
x 400'. Seaplanes were taken ashore on dollies towed by powered winches. Facilities included two steel hangers, torpedo storage, radio receiving station, munitions storage, fuel storage and a boat and seaplane basin. Also, barracks and anti-aircraft. Later, tunnels were dug into the nearby Mount Teroken, including storage for two seaplanes with their wings folded.
After the February 17-18, 1944 "Operation Hailstone" U. S. Navy (USN) carrier aircraft strike, Moen No. 2 Airfield (Moen 2) was built 225' away with the runway parallel to the seaplane base. Two coral surfaced runways were built atop fill, and eventually extended to connect with the seaplane base. The runways were each 190 ' x 3,250' when completed.
American missions against Moen Seaplane Base
March 30, 1944 - June 27, 1945
Disused since the war. The remains of bunkers are near the Continental Hotel on the Southern
tip of Moen.
WWII Wrecks of the Truk Lagoon pages 61, 68, 71-72, 109, 191, 230, 234, 243, 246-247, 249-252, 509 (index)
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April 7, 2020