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    Samah (Sanya) Hainan Province China
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 during February 1939 until September 1945 when Japan officially surrenderd. Starting in May 1943 attacked by U.S. Army Air Force (USAAF) 14th Air Force (14th AF) bombers and fighters.

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
July 16, 2022


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