Battle of Imphal

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Airfields

Imphal Main or Koirengei Airfield. The Airfield was the site of the main camp for refugees fleeing Burma after the Japanese takeover in 1942. It was also critical for receiving supplies and reinforcements during the Battle of Imphal in 1944. Imphal Main or Koirengei Airfield. The Airfield was the site of the main camp for refugees fleeing Burma after the Japanese takeover in 1942. It was also critical for receiving supplies and reinforcements during the Battle of Imphal in 1944. Photo by RanjitMoirangthem

There were six airfields scattered around the Imphal Valley in 1944 [See The Air Battle section].

The three all-weather airfields were Imphal Main (or Koirengei Airfield), Palel and Tulihal. Of these, Imphal Main or Koirengei Airfield was considered the most important and it can still be seen largely intact along the main Imphal-Kohima Road (National Highway 2) on the outskirts of Imphal. Tulihal today serves as the site of the Imphal Airport, while a part of the Palel Airfield also survives.  

The fair-weather airfields, which were essentially carved out of paddy fields at the time, were Kangla, Wangjing and Sapam.