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1945 via Rocker
20th CMS c1945
Dick Kustra 2001
Lat 12° 21' 41N Long 121° 2' 48E San Jose Airfield is located at the tip of San Jose in Occidental Mindoro on Mindoro Island in the Southwestern Tagalog Region (MIMAROPA Region) of the Philippines. To the west is Mindoro Strait and to the southeast is Mangarin Bay. After the U. S. Army landing on December 15, 1944 initially known as Atkinson Drome and also known as San Jose Airfield, not to be confused with Old San Jose Airfield or San Jose Airfield (Elmore Airfield) that was built prewar and also used by the Americans. During early January 1945 renamed "McGuire Drome". Still in use today as San Jose Airport.
On December 15, 1944 after the U. S. Army landed at San Jose, this area was occupied and a single runway parallel to the coast was built at this location measuring 7,000' x 100' surfaced with gravel and asphalt with steel matting / Pierced Steel Plank (PSP).
San Jose Airfield was repaired and expanded for use by the U. S. Army Air Force (USAAF) bombers and fighters. The tower was code named "Vista".
During January 1945 renamed "McGuire Drome" or "McGuire Field" in honor of Major Thomas B. McGuire, Jr Missing In Action (MIA) January 7, 1945 piloting P-38L Lightning 44-24845 on a fighter sweep over Negros.
In 1945, NATS (Naval Air Transport Service) operated three R4D shuttle flights daily to this airfield from Guiuan Airfield (Samar) delivering mail, personnel and equipment for the US Navy squadrons based at the airfield. A small detachment of NATS was based at the airfield consisting of 2 officers, 15 enlisted men to handle these flights specifically.
American units based at San Jose
13th AF, 418th NFS (ground echelon) Dulag Dec 15, 1944 - July 9, 1945 Okinawa
417th BG, HQ Tacloban Dec 2, 1944 - August 17, 1945 Okinawa
417th BG, 672th BS (A-20) Tacloban Dec 2, 1944 - August 17, 1945 Okinawa
417th BG, 673th BS (A-20) Tacloban Dec 2, 1944 - August 18, 1945 Okinawa
417th BG, 674th BS (A-20) Tacloban Dec 2, 1944 - Aug 15, 1945 Okinawa
417th BG, 675th BS (A-20) Tacloban Dec 2, 1944 - Aug 17, 1945 Okinawa
49th FG, 7th FS (P-38) Tacloban Dec 30, 44 - Feb 25, 45 Lingayen
49th FG, 9th FS (P-38) Tacloban Dec 30, 44 - Feb 26 45 Lingayen
10th BW (B-25s) Leyte Dec 15, 1944 - ?
8th FG, 35th FS (P-38) Morotai Dec 20, 1944 - ?
8th FG, 36th FS (P-38) Morotai Dec 20, 1944 - ?
8th FG, 80th FS (P-38) Morotai Dec 20, 1944 - Aug 6, 1945 Ie Shima
58th FG, 311th FS San Roque Dec 21, 1944 - April 7, 1945 Mangaldan
71s TRG 17th RS Biak Dec 23, 1944 - ?
71 TRG, 110 TRS (P-40) ? Nov 3 - Dec 25, 1944 to San Jose
310th BW, 418th NFS (P-61) Morotai Dec 26 - ?, 1944
71s TRG, 82nd TRS (F-6 & P-40) Dec 29, 44 - Jan 17, 45 Lingayen
3rd BG 8th, 89th, 90th BS (A-20) Dec 30 - ?, 1944
49th FG 8th FS (P-38) Tacloban Jan 2, 1945 - Feb 27, 1945 Lingayen
6th PRG 25th PRS (F-5) Jan 3, 1945 - ?
71st TRG 110th TRS (P-40) Tacloban Jan 4 - 22, 1945 - Lingayen
86th FW 547th NFS (P-38 & P-61) Owi Jan 5 - 16 1945 Lingayen
71st TRG 17th RS (B-25) Tacloban Dec 7, 1945 - ? San Jose
312th BG 387th BS (A-20) Tanauan Jan 25, 1945 - ?
90th BG 321st, 400th BS (B-24) Biak Jan 26, 1945 - August 15, 1945 Ie Shima
90th BG, 319th BS (B-24) ? - August 12, 1945 Ie Shima
312th BG 386th BS Jan 26, 1945 - ?
90th BG, 320th BS (B-24) Biak Jan 27, 1945 - ?
312th BG, 388th BS (A-20) Jan 27 - Feb 11 to Mangaldan
312th BG, 389th BS (A-20) Tanauan Jan 27 - Feb 11 Mangaldan
90th BG, 319th BS (B-24) Biak Jan 29, 1945 - ?
380th BG, HQ Darwin Feb 20, 1945 - ?
380th BG 528th BS (B-24) Darwin Feb 21, 1945 - ?
380th BG 529th BS (B-24) Darwin Feb 1 - August 12, 1945 Okinawa
380th BG 530th BS (B-24) Darwin Feb 28 - August 10, 1945 Okinawa
375th TCG Biak Feb 17, 1945 - August 8, 1945 Okinawa
347th FG 67th, 339th FS Middleburg Feb 22, 1945 - ?
347th FG 67th, 68th FS Middleburg Feb 22, 1945 - ?
20th CMS 6th PRG (F-7) Sansapor Feb 24, 1945 - ?
18th FG 70th FS (P-38) Lingayen Feb 26, 1945 - ?
18th FG 12th FS (P-38) Lingayen Feb 27, 1945 - ?
475th FG 432nd FS (detachment) Feb 27, 1945 - ?
VPB-117 (PB4Y) Tacloban February 1945 - 1945
Still in use today and known as "San Jose Airport" and is classified as a small airport. The single runway is oriented 28/10 measures 6,024' x 98' surfaced with concrete. Airport codes: ICAO: RPUH IATA: SJI.
Airdromes Guide Southwest Pacific Area - 1 July 1945
Index to Air Bases - Research Report No. 85, I.G. No 9185 - July 30, 1944
Thanks to Tony Feredo for additional information
Dec 14, 1944
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