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    Ishigaki City 石垣市 Okinawa Prefecture Japan


USAAF c1945


Unknown circa 1970s


Unknown circa 2000
Location
Lat 24° 20' 41N Long 124° 9' 26E  Ishigaki City (Ishigaki Shi) 石垣市 is located at an elevation of 16' / 4m above sea level on the southwest coast of Ishigaki Island in the Yaeyama Islands (Yaeyama Island Group) in the Sakishima Islands in the Okinawa Prefecture in Japan.

Wartime History
During World War II, there were three finger piers on the southern edge of the Ishigaki City. Starting in early May 1945 attacked by Allied fighters. Many residents of Ishigaki were relocated to Iriomote Island to take refuge from Allied aerial attacks or from a possible amphibious invasion.

American missions against Ishigaki
May 4, 1945–June 24, 1945

Today
During the late 1960s, the southern coastline has been altered by land reclamation including a man made island offshore to allow larger cruise ships and vessels to dock.

Ishigaki Airfield (Old Ishigaki Airport)
Built during late 1942 or 1943 using Korean laborers. In 1956 reopened as Ishigaki Airport and used as a civilian airport until the New Ishigaki Airport was opened in 2013 and this airport was closed.

FG-1D Corsair Bureau Number 87828
Pilot Maze MIA May 27, 1945 crashed into the sea roughly 100 yards off shore

F4U-1D Corsair Bureau Number 57815
Pilot Goldberg MIA May 27, 1945 crashed into the sea off shore

New Ishigaki Airport (Ishigaki Airport, Painushima Ishigaki Airport)
Opened 2013. Airport Codes: IATA: ISGICAO: ROIG

References
Heaven High, Ocean Deep pages 140-141
U. S. House of Representatives Foreign Assistance and Related Agencies Appropriations for 1967 page 43

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June 24, 2020

 

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