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Lat 13° 10' 0" Long 23° 44' 0" Legaspi Airfield is located outside Legaspi in southern Luzon in the Bicol Region (Region V) in the Philippines. Also known as "Sanborn" or "Legazpi".
Built prewar as a military and civilian airfield.
During the middle of December 1941, occupied by the Japanese Army. Later in the month, a contingent of Imperial Japanese Navy (IJN) A6M2 Zeros from the Tainan Kokutai began operating from Legaspi Airfield until early 1942.
During the Japanese occupation of the Philippines, used by the Japanese Army Air Force (JAAF) and Imperial Japanese Navy (IJN) aircraft as a transit point to other locations. During 1944, Ki-43 Oscars from the 33rd Sentai were based at Legaspi.
Japanese units based at Legaspi
Tainan Kokutai (A6M2 Zero) Tainan late December 1941–January 16, 1942 Tarakan
33rd Sentai (Ki-43) 1944
American missions against Legaspi Airfield
December 14, 1941–April 27, 1945
On April 1, 1945, the U. S. Army landed at Legaspi and liberated Legaspi Airfield.
Still in use today as Legaspi Airport, a small airport that serves as the primary airport in the Bicol Region. The single runway is oriented 24/06 measures 7,480' x 118' surfaced with asphalt. Airport codes IATA: LGP – ICAO: RPLP.
Thanks to Tony Feredo for additional information
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