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    Halong Seaplane Base (Ambon Bay) Maluku Province (Provinsi Maluku)¬†Indonesia
Location
Lat 3° 38' 60S Long 128° 13' 0E ¬†Halong Seaplane Base was located at Halong on Ambon Island in the Molucca Island Group (Molucca Islands). Borders Ambon Bay. Also known as "Ambon Bay Seaplane Base". Prewar and during the Pacific War, located in the Netherlands East Indies (NEI). Today located in Indonesia.

Construction
Marinevliegkamp Halong (MVK-H, naval air facility Halong) at Ambon Bay adjacent to the settlement of Ambon, was under development by the Marineluchtvaartdienst (RNNAS) as one of four medium capacity seaplane operating bases in the Netherlands East Indies (NEI). By December 8, 1941 the base consisted of three large hangers, three underground fuel tanks plus workshops and barracks still under construction

Allied units based at Halong
GVT 17 (3 x Y-boats, Catalinas) prewar - January 16, 1941
GVT 2 (3 x Do-24K) prewar - January 16, 1941
GVT 5 (3 x Do-24K) prewar - January 16, 1941
Patrol Wing Ten, HQ December 23, 1941- January 8, 1942 Java
Patrol Wing Ten (PBY Catalina) December 23, 1941- January 15, 1942 Java

Wartime History
On December 23, 1941 U. S. Navy (USN) PBY Catalinas from Patrol Wing Ten (PatWing 10 were based at Halong until January 8, 1942 when PatWing 10 headquarters moved to Java. Afterwards, PatWing 10 PBY Catalinas continued to use Halong for patrol purposes until January 15, 1941 when a Japanese air raid destroyed two PBYs and damaged another PBY Catalina.

On January 16, 1941, the RNNAS and PatWing 10 abandoned Halong and moved to Java. Attempting to base there again, two PBY Catalinas plus one damaged earlier from PatWing 10 remained when the Japanese Navy carrier aircraft attacked again. Dutch ground crews destroyed the remaining fuel stocks. On January 28, 1942 at dawn two PatWing 10 PBY Catalinas from Pat Wing 10 returned to evacuate U. S. and Dutch personnel without interference. Afterwards, the base was abandoned by the Allies.

PBY-5 22-P-8 (BuNo 2303)
PW10 Crippled on the water upon arrival from Darwin by air attack, grounded on a mud bank, abandoned - 15 Jan.

PBY-5 22-P-7 (BuNo 2291)
PW10 Damaged by air attack and fire beached, considered repairable- 15 Jan. Destroyed by air attack 25 Jan.

PBY-5 22-P-10 (BuNo 2301)
PW10 Sunk at a buoy by air attack- 15 Jan.

PBY-5 VP 101's #15 (ex-22-P-5, BuNo 2293)
PW10 Sunk at a buoy by air attack- 25 Jan.

PBY-5 Catalina Bureau Number 2302 Tail 11
Damaged on the seaplane ramp abandoned January 25, 1941

At the end of January 1942 occupied by the Japanese until the end of the Pacific War.

Japanese units based at Halong
934 Kokutai (A6M2N Rufes)

American missions against Halong
January 19 - October 25, 1944

References
Thanks to Lou Dorny / The Baltic Group Archive for this information.

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Last Updated
May 29, 2020

 

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