During the middle of 1942 the airfield had a hard dry surface, 1,100 x 75 x 5,300 yards with approaches from the southwest to northeast and a 5% grade. Facilities were described as one house and native houses, food and water. Could be lengthened 300 yards.
Bena Bena; This was built by my father when he was searching the highlands of New Guinea for gold and contracted to New Guinea Goldfields Limited. He built it during the 1930s and it was the first airstrip in the Highlands. It is located near Bena Bena and is approx. five N.M. to the North East of Goroka. If you fly over it today and know where to look it is possible to see the outline of this strip even today. I do not think it was used post-war.
World War II Pacific Theatre History
During May 1943, the Australian 2/7 Independent Company was flown to Bena Bena Airfield in to prevent the Japanese from capturing the Bena Bena area.
In June 1943 the 2/2nd was flown to Bena Bena Airfield to support the 2/7th Independent Company in patrolling the Ramu River area. In the second week of July the 2/2nd moved into position, with its headquarters at Bena Bena.
Observing extensive activity at Bena Bena Airfield, the Japanese incorrectly believed the airfield was a an important combat airfield and launched several air raids against it. In fact, Bena Bena Airfield was not developed beyond July 1943 and had no aircraft permanently based at the airfield.
Japanese missions against Bena Bena
Richard Leahy adds: