The airfield located on the lower left corner of the March 1, 1944, reconnaissance photo above is Shoko (Xiaogang) Airdrome, the predecessor of current Kaohsiung International Airport. Note the location pointed at by the arrow. If you cannot see anything special at this place, Tairyo (currently Daliao, Kaohsiung),
you may want to consider getting a new pair of glasses that’s because there was indeed nothing special at the time when the photo was taken.
When American reconnaissance aircraft photoed the same area again on January 31, 1945, an airstrip had taken shape (see the photo below). This airstrip, called Shoko East Airdrome because it was to the east of Shoko, was one of the “secret airfields” constructed in November 1944, as called for by the war plan “Operation Victory One” (see the post “Takuran Airdrome”). Also note that Shoko Airdrome on the lower left corner had been expanded. In particular, several dispersal taxiways leading to the foot of a hill had been built.
For the ease of comparison, the “before” and “after” photos of Shoko East Airdrome are shown side by side below. Its construction looks very crude, suggesting it might not have been completed.
Most of the secret airfields built during the war left no traces at all. Had the perimeter of Shoko East Airdrome not been plotted in the Google Maps below, you probably would not believe there used to an airfield at this place:
在較大的地圖上查看小港東飛行場 Shoko East Airdrome