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    Tainan Airfield (T’ai-nan, Eineisho, Einei-shō)  Taiwan (Formosa)
USAAF Nov 7, 1943
Lat 22° 57' 1N Long 120° 12' 21E  Tainan Airfield is located at an elevation of 63' above sea level two miles south of Tainan (T’ai-nan) in the Southern Taiwan Region near the southwest coast of Taiwan (Formosa). Today known as Tainan Airport. In Chinese known as 臺南機場 and formally 臺南航空站. Also known as Eineisho Airport also spelled Einei-shō Airfield or Einansho Airfield.

During 1935, built during the Japanese colonial era to provide aerial service to southwest Formosa. By June 26, 1937 Tainan Airfield was completed with flights to Matsuyama Airport.

n 1935 during the era of Japanese rule, Tainan Airport was proposed by the Tainan Prefecture government due to the need for civil transportation in southern Taiwan. The airport was opened on June 26, 1937 with regular flights to Matsuyama Airport (modern-day Taipei Songshan Airport) operated by Japan Air Transport. After World War II broke out, this airport was converted to a base for the Tainan Air Group. During the war this airport was named Eineisho Airport by the United States Armed Forces, to distinguish it from other two smaller airports located in now Yongkang and Guiren District.

Wartime History
Tainan Airfield was used by the Japanese for the duration of the Pacific War. Starting in early March 1945 attacked by American fighters and bombers until the middle of July 1945.

Japanese units based at Tainan Airfield
Tainan Kōkūtai (A6M2 Zero) activated late December 1941 Legaspi / January 16, 1942 Tarakan

American missions against Tainan
March 1, 1945–July 10, 1945

Used by the U.S. Air Force (USAF) as Tainan Air Station. On July 8, 1958 the 868th Tactical Missile Squadron was activated at Tainan Air Station.

Still in use today as Tainan Airport and used as a military airfield with two runways. The first is oriented 36L/18R and measures 10,007' x 148' and is surfaced with concrete. The second is oriented 36R/18L and measures 10,007' x 148' surfaced with concrete. Airport codes: ICAO: RCNN, IATA: TNN.

During January 2011, Tainan Airport was approved for use as a civilian airport with the first commercial flights by China Air commenced on July 18, 2013 with flights today by their subsidiary Mandarin Airlines.

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Last Updated
April 19, 2021


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