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    Samah (Sanya) Hainan Province China
Location
Samah is located on the southern coast of Hainan Island (Hainan Dao) bordering Samah Bay. The prewar wartime spelling is "Samah". Also known as Sanya, Yai-hsien, San-ah, Yehsien,San-ya-chiang-shih, Samah, Ya Xian, San-ya-chiang, Sama,Ya-hsien, San-ya-chen.

Wartime History
Samah was occupied by the Japanese for the duration of the Pacific War until the official surrender of Japan.

American missions against Samah
May 4, 1943–April 2, 1945

Samah Navy Headquarters
A total of five American aviators were detained at this location during April 1945 until the end of the Pacific War.
1st Lt. James McGuire, O-674314 (POW, survived) pilot B-25J 44-29350 ditched March 30, 1945
2nd Lt. Eugene L. Harviell, O-702422 (POW, died August 10, 1945) nav B-25J 44-29350 ditched March 30, 1945
Captain Merritt E. Lawlis, O-432168 (POW, survived) nav B-25J "Pensive" 43-27888 ditched April 3, 1945
SSgt Charles L. Suey, 16150762 (POW, died May 13, 1945) eng B-25J "Pensive" 43-27888 ditched April 3, 1945
SSgt SSgt Benjamin T. Muller, 18090388 (POW, survived) radio B-25J "Pensive" 43-27888 ditched April 3, 1945

Samah Airfield (Samah Bay Airfield)
Used by the Japanese Navy during the Pacific War

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Last Updated
November 1, 2021

 

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