Lat 3° 31' 0" S Long 128° 27' 0" E. Although known as Harakoe Airfield, this airfield was located on Pelauw Island near Haroekoe Island off the coast of Seram Island (Ceram Island) roughly twelve miles east
of Liang Airfield on Ambon. Also known as "Harakoe Airfield" or "Pelauw Airfield".
Built by the Japanese using prisoner of war (POW) labor from Haroekoe POW Camp and Tantoei POW Camp. A single runway with taxiways was constructed surfaced with crushed coral.
Royal Air Force (RAF) prisoner at Haroekoe POW Camp recalled:
"Dawn to dusk hard labor building an airstrip [Haroekoe Airfield (Harakoe, Pelauw)]. The
brutality, disease and malnutrition resulting in a death
rate of ten burials a day."
Used by the Japanese
during the war.
American missions against Haroekoe Airfield (Harakoe, Pelauw)
December 7, 1943 - December 30, 1944
Index to Air Bases - Research Report No. 85, I.G. No 9185 - July 30, 1944
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February 4, 2018