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    Hollandia Airfield (Hollandia Drome) Jayapura Regency | Papua Province Indonesia
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USAAF April 12, 1943

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USAAF March 21, 1944

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US Army c1944

Location
Lat 2°  33' S Long 140° 29' E. Hollandia Airfield was located to the west of inland from Hollandia (Jayapura) on the north coast of western New Guinea. Also known as "Hollandia Airdrome", "Hollandia Drome" or "Hollandia Strip". Prewar and during the Pacific War, located in Dutch New Guinea (DNG) in the Netherlands East Indies (NEI). Between 1963-2007 part of Irian Jaya. Today located in the Jayapura Regency in Papua Province in Indonesia.

To the north was the Depopre-Aerodrome track, today a sealed road known as Jalan Kertosari (Kertosari Highway) that connects to the Raya Airport Sentani (Sentani Airport Highway) and further to the north was the Cyclops Mountains. To the east is the Toatjidako River and further east is Sentani Airfield and Cyclops Airfield. and further east is Hollandia (Jayapura). To the south is Simboro Strait and to the southeast is Lake Sentani. To the west is the Delaoe River.

Construction
Built by the Japanese Army as a large airfield complex, with two runways, a western runway of 4,500' and a second southern runway spanning 6,200 x 340' (as of October 10, 1943). There were larger bomber revetments to the west of the strip, with (24) revetments and an additional (27) to the east of the field, connected by taxiways to the two runways, for a total of (51) anti-aircraft defenses included (4) light guns, later upgraded.

A barracks area was located to the north of the strip, and road connected the strip to Hollandia town. In a later photo from March 21, 1944 the shorter runway is reported as being used as a parking and taxi area., and revetments around the north of the two strips and to the north-east.

Japanese units based at Hollandia area airfields
7th Koku Kyoikutai
7th Sentai (Ki-49) mid-1943
33rd Sentai (Ki-43)
63rd Sentai (Ki-43) Dec 43 - Feb 1944 det Wewak & Hyane
77th Sentai (Ki-43)
248th Sentai (Ki-43)

Ki-43-II Oscar Manufacture Number ?
Captured and repaired by 80th FS, sent to USA

American Expansion
Captured by the US Army after the April 22, 1944 landings. The US Army further developed this airfield into two parallel runways: the longer 6,000' x 100' with a 500' overrun and 50' shoulders, surfaced with paced dirt, previously with marston matting. The shorter 5,500' x 100'. Both runways were oriented ESE to WNW. Extensive taxiways and over 100 aircraft ravetment areas to the north-east of the runways. Designated U. S. Army APO 565.

American units based at Hollandia area airfields
List of units at Hollandia Airfield and Sentani Airfield

By July 1, 1945, this airfield was closed and listed as a reserve military airfield, and the tower was not manned.

Today
Disused since the war and overgrown.

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August 10, 2019

 

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