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Iba

Iba (119.945E 15.385N) is a town on the west coast of Luzon in the Philippines. Prior to the war, the Americans built a small grass airstrip here with facilities for a fighter squadron (3 Interceptor Squadron with 18 P-40E), but the most important facility was a small wooden shack near the end of the runway containing the only radar set in the Philippines in 1941, an SCR-270. Unfortunately, communications to the fighter control center being constructed at Nichols Field near Manila proved unreliable, and no warning was received at Clark Field of a large incoming raid that devastated the base on the first day of the war. Iba was itself attacked, and the radar shack destroyed, shortly thereafter. The field was subsequently abandoned.

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