World War II Pacific Theatre History
The staff officers responsible for the 25th Air Flotilla and the 8th Base Force, and the commander of the 14th Establishment Unit over flew Kieta Airfield in a flying boat on July 8, 1942. As a result of this reconnaissance, the commander of the 25th Air Flotilla sent a report outlining his conclusions to the Airbase Force Command.
They deemed expansion of the airfield would not be completed until early September, after the Japanese airfield under construction at Lunga Point Airfield [Henderson Field], making the effort to construct it negatable. Plus, the airfield was not able to be expanded, suffered drainage problems and had obstructions at the end of the runway.
Although neglected by the Japanese, Kieta Airfield was neutralized by the Allies by aerial attacks during the middle of 1943 until middle 1944. On a 1945 survey map, the airfield was listed as 'destroyed'.
Allied missions against Kieta