Silay Airfield is located near Silay at an elevation of 25' above sea level in Negros Occidental Province on Negros Island in the Philippines. Located roughly
eight miles inland from Bacolod.
Silay Airfield was one of the main airfields for Japanese Army Air Force (JAAF) bombers and fighters on Negros. Attacked by American aircraft during late 1944 until early 1945.
American missions against Silay
Decenber 17, 1944–February 7, 1945
By the end of the Pacific War, there were about
200 plus destroyed were destroyed at the airfield. Most were buried. Today,
the former Japanese airfield is part
of Hacienda Naga and replanted as a sugarcane field.
David Mason reported in 2000:
"The airfield complex is still there and they're building a new airport runway and passenger terminal for the city of Bocolod. They are
in the process of constructing a new airport here. Occasionally
they dig up a Japanese aircraft bits."
During the early 2000s, this airfield was upgraded and redeveloped as Bacolod-Silay International Airport and classified as a small airport. The single runway is oriented 22/04 measures 6,416' x 98' surfaced with asphalt. Airport codes: ICAO: RPVB IATA: BCD.
a new airport is opened on Negros, Bacolod Airfield was closed and the area developed into office and manufacturing space.
Index to Air Bases - Research Report No. 85, I.G. No 9185 - July 30, 1944
David Mason and Tony Feredo for additional information
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December 11, 2019