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    Angaur Airfield Angaur State Palau (Republic of Palau, Belau, Pelew)
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22nd BG c1944

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494th BG c1944
Location
Lat 6° 54' 24N Long 134° 8' 43E  Angaur Airfield is located at an elevation of 12' above sea level on the eastern edge of Angaur Island (Ngeaur) in Angaur State in southern Palau (Republic of Palau, Belau, Pelew). The northeast end of the runway was located at Cape Ngatpokul.

Construction
On September 20, 1944 after Angaur Island was declared secured, construction of Angaur Airfield was initiated. A single 6,200' x 150' coral surfaced runway was built oriented northeast to Cape Ngatpokul and southwest past Rocky Point. The airfield had two parallel taxiways with revetments and a tarmac area. Further to the west was the phosphate plant.

Wartime History
By early November 1944, 7th Air Force B-24 Liberators began flying bombing mission from Angaur.

American units based at Angaur
U. S. Army Air Force (USAAF)
494th BG, 864th BS (B-24) Barking Sands September 30, 1944 - June 24, 1945 Yontan
494th BG, 865th BS (B-24) Barking Sands September 30, 1944 - June 24, 1945 Yontan
494th BG, 866th BS (B-24) Barking Sands September 30, 1944 - June 24, 1945 Yontan
494th BG, 867th BS (B-24) Barking Sands September 30, 1944 - June 24, 1945 Yontan
22nd BG, HQ, 33rd BS (B-24) Tacloban/Bayug November 26, 1944 - June 24, 1945 Guiuan
22nd BG, 2nd BS (B-24) Tacloban/Bayug November 28, 1944–Jan 20, 45 Guiuan
22nd BG, 408th BS (B-24) Tacloban/Bayug December 1, 1944–Jan 14, 45 Guiuan
22nd BG, 19th BS (B-24) Tacloban/Bayug December 3, 1944–Jan 27, 45 Guiuan
419th TCG (C-47 detachment) Guam January 31, 45
U. S. Marine Corps (USMC)
VMF-114
VMF-121
VMF-122

Today
Still in use today as Angaur Airport, used on a very limited basis for domestic flights to Airai Airport (Babelthuap Airfield, Palau International Airport).

Aircraft Boneyard Dump
Located at the northern end of the airfield was the dump. It is located between the road and the sea, in amongst the trees. The remains of a F4U Corsair, several B-24s and a C-47 are found there. The Corsair is relatively intact, while the C-47 and B-24s are largely in pieces. Undercarriage parts abound, and there is even a ball turret there, as well as many other bits and pieces. But being so close to the pounding surf (Angaur does not have a reef) corrosion is taking its toll.

F4U-1 Corsair
Abandoned in the boneyard area

B-24 Liberator
Abandoned in the boneyard area

C-47 Dakota
Abandoned in the boneyard area

References
Revenge of the Red Raiders The Illustrated History of the 22nd Bombardment Group During World War II pages 338, 345-348

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