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Mabalacat (120.578E 15.226N) in central Luzon derives its name from the balacat tree, which heavily forested the area before the founding of the town in 1712. It was the location of a small emergency airstrip when war broke out in the Pacific.
Following the conquest of the Philippines by the Japanese, the airstrip was expanded into a naval air station. It was heavily raided from late 1944 on and was recaptured by 145 Regiment on 26 January 1945.
Mabalacat Home Page (accessed 2008-12-19)
Smith (1952; accessed 2011-7-7)
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