In 1941 the United States took the responsibility for the defence of Greenland. They established a number of bases with the codename Bluie. Bluie East Two (BE-2) was an airfield and weather station near Ikateq on the east coast of Greenland. The US Air Force started to use the airfield in 1942. Because of close mountains and strong winds it never played an important role during World War II. It was mainly used for search-and-rescue operations and meteorology. After the war the base lost its strategic importance and the US Air Force left in 1947. The landing strip remained in use for ad-hoc air operations, but the rest of the site fell in decline. Most of the equipment was left behind, including thousands of fuel barrels which still pollute the area today.