- Posted January 27, 2013 by
Reminders of WWII: Motobu Airfield
One of the many parts of Okinawa's long history is the Battle of Okinawa which was fought as part of WWII. The battle between the Japanese and American forces forever left it's mark on the island. Today reminders of WWII are still scattered throughout the island. Some of these reminders are in the form of monuments and memorials mourning the losses of the battle. Others mark a significant turn in the fight. Then there is the Motobu Airfield.
The fighting that took place during the Battle of Okinawa included air power and where there are planes there most certainly air airfields. The small island of Okinawa housed ten of the airfields on it's main island with an eleventh on Ie Island off the coast near the Motobu Peninsula. Some of these airfields remain today such as MCAS Futenma, Kadena Air base and what is now known as Camp Kinser. One of the airfields which is still around today but no longer operational in any way is the Motobu Airfield. This Airfield was used only for a brief time during WWII and decommissioned shortly after it's construction.
Nowadays the airfield sits in an area that is now surrounded by farm land. It's a quiet area on the peninsula without many people who pass by. It is no longer it's entire length due to come ware and tear following it's decommissioned status in 1945.