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USAAF Oct 21, 1944
USAAF Jan 7, 1945
Justin Taylan 2004
Lat 14° 38' 0" N Long 120° 59' 0" E Grace Park Airfield was located at Grace Park subdivision in Caloocan (Kalookan) to the north of Manila in the National Capital Region (NCR) on Luzon in the Philippines. Also known as "Manila North Airfield". To the south is Manila. Today, the former airfield area is the Grace Park subdivision, between Highway 54 running perpendicular to the north and Highway 52 running diagonally parallel to the former runway.
Built prior to the war, it was the first commercial airfield in Manila. Used by the local airline, Philippine Aerial Taxi Company and for light aircraft service to Loakan Airfield (Baguio) and other destinations. The original runway was known as the "old runway" during World War II.
The Japanese built a concrete surface runway. They also used Highway 54 (EDSA) near the Balintawak Market as another runway. Starting in September 1944 attacked by American carrier aircraft and bombers until January 10, 1945.
Curtis Brooks adds:
"I was a prisoner at Santo Tomas Internment Camp throughout the Japanese occupation. Santo Tomas is about one mile south of Grace Park. We had a good view of the air activity around the air field. Grace Park was attacked by American Naval aircraft beginning in September 1944 as were all the other air fields and shipping installations in the Manila area.
During the liberation of Manila in late January 1945, Grace Park Airfield was occupied by the U.S. Army and used by liaison planes including Piper L-4 Cubs and Stinson L-5 Sentinels for artillery spotting and observation flights over the Manila area. During 1945, no U.S. Army Air Force (USAAF) units were permanently based at the airfield.
American missions against Grace Park
James A. Russo, Jr. recalls:
Tony Feredo adds:
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