Hathazari Airfield

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Hathazari Airfield
Tenth Air Force - Emblem (World War II).png
Part of Tenth Air Force
Hathazari, Bangladesh
Hailakandi Airfield is located in Bangladesh
Hailakandi Airfield
Hailakandi Airfield
Coordinates 22°30′02″N 091°48′27″E / 22.50056°N 91.80750°E / 22.50056; 91.80750 (Approximate)
Type Military airfield
Site information
Controlled by United States Army Air Forces
Site history
Built 1944
In use 1944-1945
Battles/wars Burma Campaign 1944-1945

Hathazari Airfield is a former wartime United States Army Air Forces airfield in Bangladesh used during the Burma Campaign 1944-1945. It is now abandoned.

History[edit]

The airfield was located near the Railhead on the main railroad line to Chittagong.[citation needed] It was used by the 1st Combat Cargo Group as a supply point and staging airfield for resupply airlift drops over Burma from 15 May until June 1945.[1] It was also used by the 128th Army Communications System Squadron as a radio relay station. Other Douglas C-47 Skytrain and Curtiss C-46 Commando-equipped transport units used the airfield until it was closed at the end of September 1945.[citation needed]

Between 10 December 1944 and 15 April 1945 No. 117 Squadron RAF was present using Douglas Dakota's and from January 1945 Stinson Sentinels.[2] They were joined by a detachment of No. 62 Squadron RAF on 29 December 1944 which stayed until 21 March 1945.[3]

Between 6 February 1945 and 15 May 1945 No. 31 Squadron RAF were posted here with Dakota's before moving to Ramree/Kyaukpyu.[4] No. 177 Squadron RAF were the last Royal Air Force squadron to be posted here between 24 June and 1 July 1945 with Bristol Beaufighter X's.[5]

References[edit]

 This article incorporates public domain material from websites or documents of the Air Force Historical Research Agency.

Citations[edit]

  1. ^ Maurer 1980, p. 20.
  2. ^ Jefford 1988, p. 57.
  3. ^ Jefford 1988, p. 44.
  4. ^ Jefford 1988, p. 35.
  5. ^ Jefford 1988, p. 65.

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