Motobu Airfield

Motobu Airfield is a World War II airfield on the Motobu Peninsula of Okinawa, near the East China Sea coast. The airfield was deactivated after 1945.

Motobu Airfield
Motobu, Okinawa, Japan
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Aerial view of Motobu airfield, Okinawa
Coordinates26°41′009.15″N 127°53′23.90″E / 26.6858750°N 127.8899722°E / 26.6858750; 127.8899722
TypeMilitary airfield
Site information
Controlled byUnited States Army Air Forces
Site history
BuiltApril 1945
In use1945


Location of Motobu Airfield

The airfield was built in April 1945 by the United States Army Corps of Engineers and United States Navy Seabees as a combat airfield to support the Army and Marine Corps ground forces during the Battle of Okinawa. It had a 7,000' x 100' single runway and was used as the support field for Headquarters, Fifth Air Force and its subordinate commands on Okinawa from August through October 1945 until they moved to Honshu, Japan for postwar occupation duty.

Units assignedEdit

.* Assigned to nearby town of Hamasaki and used Motobu Airfield for air operations.

In addition to the Army units, several Navy aviation squadrons used the airfield. Its postwar use is undetermined. Today, parts of the runway can still be seen on aerial photography.

See alsoEdit


  This article incorporates public domain material from 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 0-89201-092-4.