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    Manggar Airfield (Mangar, Manggarbesar) Borneo Indonesia
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USAAF October 10, 1944

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Location
Lat 1° 13' 0" S Long 116° 58' 0" E  Manggar Airfield was located at Manggar on the eastern coast of Borneo. Also known as Mangar Airfield or Manggarbesar Airfield.

To the southwest is the Manggar River and offshore is Makassar Strait. To the west are Balikapan and Sepiinggang.

Wartime History
During the Pacific War, used by the Imperial Japanese Navy (IJN) and Japanese Army Air Force (JAAF) to defend the Balikpapan area. Starting in late 1944 attacked by American bomber and later escorting fighters until July 1945.

Japanese units in Balikpapan Area
381st Kokutai, Hikotai 602 March-April, 1944

American missions against Manggar
October 10, 1944–July 9, 1945

During July 1945 liberated by the Australian Army. Several Japanese aircraft were captured in the area including both Japanese Navy and Japanese Army Air Force aircraft.

Ki-51 Sonia Manufacture Number 2660 Tail 9311
Possibly of 7th Air Division HQ. Weave-line camo pattern

Ki-84 Frank Manufacture Number 525
Possibly of 7th Air Division HQ. Weave-line camo pattern

Ki-48 Lily Manufacture Number 2520
Center section burned out.

G4M1 Betty Manufacture Number 334
Broken wreckage

Today
The former airfield area is abandoned and land redeveloped into an urban area.

References
Index to Air Bases - Research Report No. 85, I.G. No 9185 - July 30, 1944

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October 23, 2019

 

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