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Pengshan Air Base

Roundel of the Peoples Liberation Army Air Force.svg

Part of People's Liberation Army Air Force
Sichuan province, China
Type Military Airfield
Coordinates 30°15′53.20″N 103°51′04.41″E / 30.264778°N 103.851225°E / 30.264778; 103.851225Coordinates: 30°15′53.20″N 103°51′04.41″E / 30.264778°N 103.851225°E / 30.264778; 103.851225
Built 1942
Battles/wars World War II
Pengshan Air Base is located in China
Pengshan Air Base
Location of Pengshan Air Base, China

Pengshan Air Base is a People's Liberation Army Air Force (PLAAF) located, located approximately 1 Km east of Gongyizhen, along the Chengl Expwy in Sichuan province, Southwestern China.

The current status of the airfield is unknown. Beginning in 1949, it was part of the PLAAF Second Aviation School. The Third Training Regiment had 16 B-Ss and 32 BT-Ss at Pengshan airfield as late of 1986.

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Built during World War II, the base was used by the United States Army Air Forces XX Bomber Command 468th Bombardment Group as a airfield to stage B-29 Superfortress bombing missions from India to attack Japan.[1] It was known by the Americans as Pengshan Airfield (A-5). It was one of four B-29 bases established by the Americans in China.

Staging through Pengshan from its base at Kalaikunda, India, on June 15 the group participated in the first American Air Force attack on the Japanese Home Islands since the Doolittle raid in 1942. Operating from bases in India, and at times staging through fields in China, the group struck such targets as transportation centers, naval installations, iron works, and aircraft plants in Burma, Thailand, China, Japan, Indonesia, and Formosa, receiving a Distinguished Unit Citation for bombing iron and steel works at Yawata, Japan, on August 20, 1944.

When the the B-29 bombers were moved from India in February 1945 to the newly captured bases in the Mariana Islands, the B-29 use of Pengshan Airfield ended. The Americans used the airfield as a communications station and turned over the airfield to the Chinese government on 30 June 1945.

References

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

  • Maurer, Maurer (1983). Air Force Combat Units Of World War II. Maxwell AFB, Alabama: Office of Air Force History. ISBN 0892010924.
  1. ^ Craven, Wesley Frank; James Lea Cate. "Vol. V: The Pacific: MATTERHORN to Nagasaki, June 1944 to August 1945". The Army Air Forces in World War II. U.S. Office of Air Force History. http://www.ibiblio.org/hyperwar/AAF/V/index.html.

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