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    Haroekoe Airfield (Harakoe, Pelauw) Maluku Province (Moluccas Islands) Indonesia
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c1944

Location
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".

Construction
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.

Veteran Cyril Morris 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."

Wartime History
Used by the Japanese during the war.

American missions against Haroekoe Airfield (Harakoe, Pelauw)
December 7, 1943 - December 30, 1944

References
Index to Air Bases - Research Report No. 85, I.G. No 9185 - July 30, 1944

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Last Updated
February 4, 2018

 

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