Tingkawk Sakan Airfield
|Tingkawk Sakan Airfield|
|Part of Tenth Air Force|
|Tingkawk Sakan, Burma|
|Controlled by||United States Army Air Forces|
|Battles/wars||Burma Campaign 1944-1945|
The airfield was a temporary field with a 4,000-foot runway consisting of gravel carved out of a 200-foot-high teak forest with temperatures running well above 100 °F (38 °C). The airfield was used by the 311th Fighter Group, beginning in late May 1944, flying North American P-51C Mustangs.
In August 1944, the 8th Reconnaissance Group, based at Barrackpore, India, sent a detachment of the 20th Reconnaissance Squadron to fly reconnaissance missions from the field with F-5s (Lockheed P-38 Lightning). The detachment moved out in November.
Today, the airfield is abandoned, and has been reclaimed by the forest from which it was carved out of. A disturbed vegetation region in satellite imagery shows its approximate location.
- Maurer, Maurer. Air Force Combat Units Of World War II. Maxwell Air Force Base, Alabama: Office of Air Force History, 1983. ISBN 0-89201-092-4
- www.pacificwrecks.com - Tingkawk Sakan keyword search
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