April 12, 1943
March 21, 1944
Lat 2 degrees 33' S Long 140 degrees 29' E. Located two miles east of the north-west arm of Lake Sentani, to the west of Hollandia (Jayapura). Also commonly known as "Hollandia Drome". The Toatjidako River runs to the east of the airfield complex and the Delaoe River to the west.
Built by the Japanese. This was
a large Japanese airfield complex, with two runways,
a western runway of 4,500' and a second southern runway
was 6,200 x 340' (as of October 10, 1943). There were larger
bomber revetments to the west of the strip, with (24)
revetments and an additional (27) to the east of the field,
connected by taxiways to the two runways, for a total of
(51) anti-aircraft defenses included (4) light
guns, later upgraded.
A barracks area was located to the
north of the strip, and road connected the strip to Hollandia
town. In a later photo from March 21, 1944 the shorter
runway is reported as being used as a parking and taxi
area., and revetments around the north of the two strips
and to the north-east.
Based at Hollandia Area airfields:
7th Koku Kyoikutai
7th Sentai (Ki-49) mid-1943
33rd Sentai (Ki-43)
63rd Sentai (Ki-43) Dec 43 - Feb 1944 det Wewak
77th Sentai (Ki-43)
248th Sentai (Ki-43)
Ki-43-IIb Oscar Manufacture
Captured and repaired by
80th FS, sent to USA
Captured by US Army forces after the April 22, 1944 landings. The US Army further developed this airfield into two parallel runways: the longer 6,000' x 100' with a 500' overrun and 50' shoulders, surfaced with paced dirt, previously with marston matting. The shorter 5,500' x 100'. Both runways were oriented ESE to WNW. Extensive taxiways and over 100 aircraft ravetment areas to the north-east of the runways.
By July 1, 1945, this airfield was closed and listed as a reserve military airfield, and the tower was not manned.
Disused since the war and overgrown.
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March 28, 2013
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