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    Cyclops Airfield (Cyclops Drome) Jayapura Regency | Papua Province Indonesia
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USAAF April 12, 1944


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Location
Lat 3 degrees 34' 30" S Long 140 31' 0" E  Cyclops Airfield is located at Cyclops at the base of the Cyclops mountains along the Depopre - Aerodrome track. on the east side of Hollandia (Jayapura) and north of Lake Sentani parallel and 3/4 of a mile the east of Sentani Drome. Also known as Cyclops Drome.

Construction
The Japanese built a single runway at this location with taxiways.

Wartime History
Used by the Japanese as a fighter airfield until heavily bombed by U. S. aircraft during April 1944.

On April 26, 1944 captured by the U. S. Army 41st Infantry Division, 186th Infantry Regiment. Captured along the runway were several largely intact Japanese aircraft including: Ki-43-II Oscar 33rd Sentai, Ki-43-II Oscar 77th Sentai and Ki-43-II Oscar 59th Sentai (Racoon Special / XJ004.

After capture, the runway was deemed serviceable for light planes only, with the possibility for further expansion. On April 27, 1944 the first C-47 landed at the captured runway.

During late April until May 1944 the U. S. Army repaired and expanded the runway to 4,000' x 100' with a 500' overrun on each end and oriented ESE to WNW. The runway was surfaced with compacted oil and gravel suitable for all weather operations. During August 1944, hardstands for aircraft and support buildings were added.

On May 21, 1944 the 84th Airdrome Squadron took over operations of Cyclops Drome and maintained sole operations of that field until June 20, 1944 when they were also given responsibility for Sentani Drome. The group remained in charge of day to day operations and maintenance at these both fields until November 1, 1944.

American units based at Cyclops
84th Airdrome Squadron May 21, 1944 - November 1, 1944
List of units at Hollandia area airfields

By July 1, 1945 Cyclops was listed as a reserved military airfield and the tower not manned. 2,500' of the runway remained in fairly good condition, the rest was listed as very poor condition, even when the airfield was closed. Also noted, this airfield was only suitable for transport aircraft.

Today
The Cyclops Airfield area is overgrown since the war. The area has been partially developed and incorporated into Jayapura.

Gene Strine visited Cyclops Airfield in the late 1980's:
"No one knew exactly where it was because it had become completely overgrown. After walking to the approximate area, I was able to find overgrown anti-aircraft gun revetments. One of the guns was still in its revetment. I discovered a fuse for a shell, and a Japanese liquor bottle."

References
J-Aircraft - The Captured Oscars of Hollandia (photos)

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