Motulalo Airfield was located on Motulalo Island on the southeastern
side of Nukufetau Atoll on Motulalo Island. Also known as "Nukufetau Airfield".
Built by U. S. Navy (USN) Seabees as an
alternative strip to Nanumea Airfield and Funafuti Airfield and
allowed for further dispersal of aircraft in the Ellice Islands. Two intersecting runways spanned the length and width of Motulalo Island forming a "X" shape. Motulalo Airfield was operational by November
Starting in November 1943 used by American bombers and aircraft. Motulalo Airfield supported the invasion of Tarawa. No Japanese attacks were ever made against this airfield.
American units based at Motulalo
331 Marine Scout Bombing Squadron
11th BG, 26th BS (B-24) Wheeler November 11, 1943 - Jan 25, 1944 Tarawa
11th BG, 98th BS (B-24) Wheeler November 11, 1943 - Jan 20, 1944 Tarawa
VMSB-331 (SBD) November 15, 1943
- detachment November 30, 1943 Tarawa
Abandoned and disused since the war.
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April 7, 2020