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Nukufetau Airfield

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Part of Seventh Air Force
Nukufetau, Gilbert and Ellice Islands
Type Military airfield
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Built 1943
In use 1943
Controlled by United States Army Air Forces
United States Marine Corps

Nukufetau Airfield is a former wartime airfield on the south-eastern side of Nukufetau on Motulalo Island.

History[edit | edit source]

Built by United States Navy Seabees on Motulalo island as an alternative strip to Nanumea and Funafuti airfields and allow for further dispersal of aircraft in the region. Two intersecting runways formed an "X" shape.

United States Army Air Forces using the base included:

Operational before November 1943 to aid in the Battle of Tarawa.

Abandoned after the war and has been totally overgrown by natural vegetation.

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