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The airport in Saipan was originally called As Lito Field during the Japanese occupation and was among the first objectives for the U.S. Marines landing on Invasion Beach a mile to the west. Construction to repair the airfield began immediately with fierce fighting on all sides of the runway. The American soldiers used the existing buildings for the same purpose as the Japanese soldiers did the day before. 24 hour-a-day construction continued throughout the Battle of Saipan to add a second runway and increase the length of the runways to accommodate the American B-29 bombers. Saipan and Tinian island to the south were turned into a huge U.S. air base and was the busiest airport in the world. The air bases helped to bring a quick end to WWII.

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I have lived in Saipan since 1996 and enjoy learning about the amazing history of this island. This is a collection photographs that I believe to be public domain. If you have rights to a photograph on this website and wish for me to remove it or if you would like to add a photograph to the collection, please let me know. Thank you.