Angaur Airstrip

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Angaur Airstrip
Summary
Airport type Public
Owner Republic of Palau
Location Angaur, Palau
Built 1944
Occupants U.S. Army Air Forces Seventh Air Force (until 1945)
Elevation AMSL 20 ft / 6 m
Coordinates 06°54′23″N 134°08′42″E / 6.90639°N 134.14500°E / 6.90639; 134.14500
Map
Angaur Airstrip is located in Palau
Angaur Airstrip
Angaur Airstrip
Runways
Direction Length Surface
ft m
5/23 7,000 2,133 Gravel

Angaur Airstrip (FAA LID: ANG[1]) is a small airstrip on Angaur, one of the islands of Palau. It also served as an airfield during World War II.

History[edit]

World War II[edit]

See also: Battle of Angaur

The day the island was declared secured on September 20, 1944, construction of the airfield began on the eastern edge of the island. As there was no existing airfield to build on, two Army engineering battalions had to clear jungle and level the terrain to create the airfield. On 19 October 1944 the airfield with its 7,000 feet (2,100 m) runway aligned NE/SW together with taxiways and hardstands for 120 aircraft were ready for use.[2][3]

The 494th Bombardment Group operating B-24J Liberator bombers arrived at Angaur on 16 October and commenced operations on 3 November. The Wing remained at Angaur until June 1945 when it moved to Yontan Airfield on Okinawa.

The 22d Bombardment Group operating B-24s was based at Angaur from November 1944 until January 1945 when it moved to Guiuan Airfield in the Philippines.

Postwar[edit]

In April 2010 the Palau Senate passed a resolution asking the President to offer Angaur airstrip as a site for the relocation of Marine Corps Air Station Futenma on Okinawa.[4]

Facilities and aircraft[edit]

The airport resides at an estimated elevation of 20 feet (6.1 m) above mean sea level. It has one runway designated 5/23 with a gravel surface measuring 7,000 feet (2,100 m) by 150 feet (46 m). For the 12-month period ending May 23, 1987, the airport had 1,500 air taxi aircraft operations, an average of 125 per month.[1]

Airlines and destinations[edit]

Airlines Destinations
Belau Air Koror, Peleliu
Pacific Mission Aviation Koror

See also[edit]

References[edit]

  1. ^ a b c FAA Airport Master Record for ANG – Angaur Airstrip (Form 5010 PDF), effective 2 July 2009.
  2. ^ Smith, Robert (1953). The approach to the Philippines. US Government Printing Office. p. 530. 
  3. ^ Building the Navy's Bases in World War II History of the Bureau of Yards and Docks and the Civil Engineer Corps 1940-1946. US Government Printing Office. 1947. p. 331. 
  4. ^ "Senate bids Angaur airfield for US military use". Island Times. 26 April 2010. Retrieved 2 June 2013. 

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