WW2 – potential Japanese aerodromes and landing grounds in HK
IDJ: The attached document appears to be asking the questions to which the BAAG was charged with finding the answers for, including those in your recent posting Kai Tak airport – BAAG Reports 1942-1944, plus other HK landing strips.
The document is from the National Archives in London. There are many pages asking about dozens of airfields or potential airfields across China.
HF: Excluding Kai Tak we now have a list of about a further ten potential places for planes to use in HK during the Japanese occupation. Why so many even given the possibility towards the end of WW2 that Kai Tak would be so bombed as to be unuseable? And how many were actually developed and used? Even IDJ’s report concludes, “In view of their proximity to Kai Tak Aerodrome it is improbable that [at least three of the sites] are being developed as landing grounds”.
Elizabeth Ride’s BAAG reports included in the above article contain information about developments at Kai Tak including its expansion during the Japanese occupation.
IDJ’s document mentions the following actual or possible aerodromes, landing grounds or “satellite landing grounds”. The latter was a new term for me and if it is to you try this to clarify.
Related Indhhk articles:
- Kai Tak airport – BAAG Reports 1942-1944, plus other HK landing strips
- World War Two – Kai Tak airport, BAAG maps, sketches and plans