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    Silay Airfield (Bacolod-Silay International Airport) Negros Occidental Province Philippines
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.

Wartime History
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. When 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
Thanks to David Mason and Tony Feredo for additional information

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Last Updated
December 11, 2019


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