Baishiyi Airfield

Type   Airfield
Historical Name of Location   Chongqing, China


ww2dbaseThe Baishiyi Airfield (Postal Map romanization: Paishihyi; alternate romanization: Peishiyi) near Chongqing, China was a Chinese Air Force fighter base, hosting the 24th and 29th Pursuit Squadrons, among others, in the first few years of the war. Between 19 Sep 1944 and 10 Oct 1945, it was the command and control base for US 68th Composite Wing, hosting the wing's 23rd Fighter Group and 308th Bombardment Group. C-47 Skytrain transports also used the airfield often. After the war, it became the headquarters of the China Air Service Command and the headquarters of US Fourteenth Air Force. The base began its closure procedurse starting in early 1946, and the last American unit, 10th Weather Squadron, departed on 31 Jul 1946. Communist Chinese authorities re-opened the base for military flights some time later.

Raymond Cheung, Aces of the Republic of China Air Force

Last Major Update: Jul 2014

Baishiyi Airfield Timeline

22 May 1940 Two formations of Japanese G3M2 bombers, accompanied by three C5M reconnaissance aircraft (Navy version of Ki-15 aircraft), attacked Baishiyi Airfield in Chongqing, China. Four I-15bis and one I-16 fighters were caught by surprise and were destroyed on the ground; the Japanese had claimed 15 destroyed on the ground.
19 Sep 1944 Elements of US 68th Composite Wing arrived at Baishiyi Airfield near Chongqing, China, establishing it as a command and control base.
10 Oct 1945 US 68th Composite Wing departed Baishiyi Airfield near Chongqing, China.
31 Jul 1946 Baishiyi Airfield near Chongqing, China closed.

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WW2-Era Place Name Chongqing, China
Lat/Long 29.4961, 106.3589

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