Antonio Bautista Air Base
|Antonio Bautista Air Base|
Puerto Princesa Air Base
|Located at Puerto Princesa, Palawan, Philippines|
|Controlled by||Philippine Air Force |
United States Air Force (under jurisdiction of Enhanced Defense Cooperation Agreement)
|Built||March 21, 1975|
|In use||1975 – present (Philippines)|
|Elevation AMSL||22 m / 71 ft|
World War II
On December 14, 1944, occupying Japanese soldiers herded 150 American POWs who were building the air strip on Palawan Island (today’s Puerto Princesa International Airport and Antonio Bautista Air Base) into air raid trenches, doused them with gasoline, set them afire, then machine-gunned and bayoneted them to death. Among them was Army Capt. Fred Bruni, the Palawan POWs’ senior officer, who was from Janesville, Wisconsin with the 192nd Tank Battalion. Only eleven men escaped the “Palawan Massacre” to be rescued by guerrillas. The story of their ordeal persuaded General Douglas MacArthur that the rumored order for the retreating Japanese to “kill all” prisoners was being implemented, thus his rush to liberate the Philippines.
US Army Air Forces units based here included:
- Headquarters, XIII Fighter Command (1 March 1945 – November 1945)
- 42d Bombardment Group (March 1945 – January 1946)
- 347th Fighter Group (6 March – December 1945)
- 419th Night Fighter Squadron (6 March 1945 – 10 January 1946)
- 550th Night Fighter Squadron (DET) (9–19 June 1945)
It is one of the nine air bases eyed for the priority development programs of the Philippine Air Force (PAF). The PAF planned to construct Two additional hangars at Antonio Bautista Air Base in Puerto Princesa to store relief supplies and accommodate additional air assets, including long-range patrol aircraft to be stationed there in the future. 
On March 18, 2016 the USA and Philippines signed a deal to allow US forces to use 5 bases in the country as a counter to the Chinese deployments in the Spratly Islands, including Antonio Bautista Air Base.
A new Humanitarian Assistance and Disaster Relief warehouse is expected to be built at the airbase.
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Speaking at Cesar Basa Air Base during Tuesday’s opening of a new “Humanitarian Assistance and Disaster Relief warehouse,” Lorenzana said, in comments reported by the Philippine Daily Inquirer, that another warehouse would be built at Antonio Bautista Air Base on Palawan once U.S. funding comes through.