Heito Airfield file photo [24478]

Heito Airfield

Type   125 Air Base
Historical Name of Location   Heito, Takao, Taiwan
Coordinates   22.674173000, 120.461215000


Heito Airfield was located in Heito (now Pingtung or Pingdong), Takao Prefecture, southern Taiwan. It consisted of two field. The southern field was located on grounds formerly used as a horse racing track, with hangars and depots on the northeastern side of the property. The northern field was a simple grass field, used mainly for fighter operations. After the war, both field were modernized. The northern field saw the construction of asphalt runways and became the civilian Pingtung Airport. The southern field became a military airfield of the Republic of China Air Force. The complex continued to served in its dual civilian and military purpose today, and is the home of the 439th Combined Wing. Source: Wikipedia

Last Major Update: Aug 2015

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16 Oct 1944 USAAF XX Bomber Command B-29 bombers attacked Heito Airfield in Heito (now Pingtung), Taiwan. Several bombers attacked the rail marshaling yard and the harbor in nearby Toshien District, Takao (now Zuoying District, Kaohsiung), Taiwan, which were secondary targets.
9 Jan 1945 15 SB2C, 6 TBM, and 7 F6F aircraft from USS Ticonderoga attacked their secondary target Heito Airfield in southern Taiwan (the primary target, Toyohara Arfield in the Taichu area, was covered in clouds), damaging the facilities at the loss of a SB2C aircraft of Air Group 80 crewed by Lieutenant Palmer and Aviation Radioman's Mate Third Class Adelbert Ring.
12 Jan 1945 After dark, three B-24 bombers of USAAF 5th Air Force (two from 43rd Bombardment Group (Heavy) and one from 90th Bombardment Group (Heavy); the latter was equipped with H2X radar) took off from Tacloban, Leyte island, Philippine Islands to attack the Japanese airfield at Heito (now Pingdong), Taiwan. One of the 43rd Bombardment Group aircraft developed engine trouble and turned back. The remaining two bombers each dropped three 1,000-pound bombs and incendiaries, starting some fires. They were met with anti-aircraft fire but did not suffer damage. This was the first time 5th Air Force attacked Taiwan.


Reconnaissance photograph of the southern area of Heito Airfield, Heito (now Pingdong), Taiwan, 20 Dec 1943Reconnaissance photograph of the southern area of Heito Airfield, Heito (now Pingdong), Taiwan, 1944Reconnaissance photograph of the southern area of Heito Airfield, Heito (now Pingdong), Taiwan, 13 Oct 1944; photo taken by aircraft from USS WaspAerial view of Heito Airfield, Taiwan from a B-29 bomber, 16 Oct 1944
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Hand-drawn map of Air Group 80 of USS Ticonderoga 9 Jan 1945 attack on Heito Airfield, southern Taiwan

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WW2-Era Place Name Heito, Takao, Taiwan
Lat/Long 22.6742, 120.4612
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Reconnaissance photograph of the southern area of Heito Airfield, Heito (now Pingdong), Taiwan, 20 Dec 1943
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