• 龍潭(西)飛行場平面圖 (Ryutan West Airdrome on Google Earth)

    Posted on December 19th, 2010 Administrator No comments

    相信大部分看到以下這張美軍空照圖的人,都會發現照片正中央有一條筆直的跑道。美軍在照片上註明是Ryutan So. Airdrome,意思是龍潭(南)飛行場,因為龍潭境內還有一座現為陸航基地的龍潭(東)飛行場(Ryutan E. Airdrome)。我參考何鳳嬌所著「戰後初期台灣軍事用地的接收」稱之為龍潭(西)飛行場,因為它比較偏龍潭陸航基地的西南西方,感覺上並不那麼南邊。

    A runway is clearly visible in the following reconnaissance photo. Although the US intelligence analysts termed it Ryutan So. Airdrome, I follow the paper “The Takeover of the Military Sites in Taiwan after the War” by Feng-chaio Ho and refer to it as Ryutan West.

    不過雖然被稱為飛行場,我卻非常懷疑它很可能只是一座日軍用來誘敵的假機場。首先,它的外型十分「完美」,其他確定日軍有在使用的飛行跑道在空照圖上看起來卻多少有點小小的不規則。而把照片放大後,還可以發現跑道上似乎留著原有農地的灌木類植物,下面第二張照片中的「滑行道」看起來也好像根本就沒有跟原有的道路連起來:

    In my opinion, Ryutan West was mostly likely used as a decoy to draw enemy attacks. Unlike other confirmed active airfields, Ryutan West’s runway had an a perfect rectangular outline. It also lacked signs of construction resulting from earth moving and grading, which were commonly found on active airfields. Furthermore, bush-like vegetation could still be seen on the following enlarged photos.

    何鳳嬌文提到,龍潭(西)是臨時或未完成的機場,所以戰後日軍並沒有把它移交給國軍。從以上這些照片看來,我倒是認為這座「飛行場」根本沒有移交的必要,因為它有可能是用來騙人的(當你看到本文第一張照片時不也認為之中有條跑道?)。等到1966年,美國CORONA衛星拍攝下面這張照片時,原址早已恢復為農業使用,不過如果「用力」看的話,還是可以隱約看到當年跑道的外型。

    In the following CORONA satellite image taken 1966, the site had returned to agriculture. But if you look closely, you can still see the outline of the runway.

    去過其他已消失的日軍機場的朋友可能不多,但是我相信很多朋友都到過這座飛行場的遺址,因為它就位在國道3號龍潭收費站附近,國道3號就從跑道中間穿過:

    Ryutan West was located near the current Lungtan Toll Station on Freeway No. 3.

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