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    Motoyama No. 3 (Airfield No. 3, North Field) Ogasawara Subprefecture Japan
Location
Motoyama No. 3 (Airfield No. 3) was located in the north center of Iwo Jima in the Volcano Islands in Ogasawara Subprefecture in Japan.

Construction
The Japanese began construction of a single runway at this location but it was not completed by February 19, 1945.

American Use
When American forces occupied this area, the partially constructed Japanese runway area was converted into aircraft revetments and installations.

The Americans built a new single runway oriented roughly northeast to southeast measuring 5,200' x 200' with revetments and taxiways to the north and south connecting to Central Field. The control tower was code named "Pearl". Designated U. S. Army Post Office 86 (APO 86). North Field was used as a fighter airfield for P-51D Mustangs flying Very Long Range (VLR) missions against Japan.

American units based at North Field
506th FG, HQ, 462nd FS (P-51D) USA April 24, 1945
506th FG, 457th FS (P-51D) USA April 24, 1945
506th FG, 458th FS (P-51D) ground echelon April 24, 1945 air echelon May 11, 1945
414th FG, HQ US July 7, 1945
414th FG, 413th FS US (P-47) July 7, 1945
414th FG, 437th FS US (P-47) July 7, 1945
414th FG, 456th FS US (P-47) July 7, 1945

Postwar
After the Pacific War, North Field was abandoned.

Today
The main runway is still visible.

References
"The 458th Fighter Squadron: A Personal Scrapbook for the officers and enlisted men of the squadron" Ground Echelon page 2
"Construction of our airfield -- strip #3, or North Field -- began by the Seabees under Jap fire, was nearing completion on the fifth of May [1945]. The strip was dusty, bumpy and by courtest of Lucifer, sulphur-steam heated, but it was usable. The air echelon did not arrive on schedule because of dirty weather between Iwo and Tinian, but finally the skies cleared, and the planes came in. It was May 11."

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October 23, 2019

 

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