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    Kornasoren Airfield (Yebrurro) Biak Numfor Regency | Papua Province Indonesia

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April 28, 1944

Location
Located near Kornasoren village near the northeast coast of Noemfoor Island (Noemfoer, Noemfor) on the northern coast of the island. To the southwest is Kamiri and Kamiri Airfield. Also known as Yebrurro Airfield.

Construction
Built by the Japanese with a single runway running roughly east to west.

American missions against Kornasoren (Yebrurro)
June 24 - July 4, 1944

Liberation
On July 3, 1944 captured by U. S. Army paratroopers. Afterwards, repaired and expanded by the U. S. Army with taxiways, revetments and roads to the south. Used by American fighters and light bombers.

American units based at Kornasoren Airfield (Yebrurro)
35th FG, 41st FS (P-47) from Nadzab August 16 - Sept 17, 1944 to Owi
348th FG HQ Wakde Aug 26- Nov 16, 44 to Tacloban
348th FG, 340th FS (P-47) Wakde Aug 24 - Nov 30, 1944 to Tacloban
348th FG, 341th FS (P-47) Wakde Aug 24 - Nov 30, 1944 to Tacloban
348th FG, 342nd FS (P-47) Wakde Sept 22 - Dec. 1, 1944 to Tacloban
348th FG, 460th FS (P-47) ? - Nov 10, 1944 to Tacloban
417th BG, HQ (A-20) Saidor September 9 - October 6, 1944 Tacloban
417th BG, 672nd BS (A-20) Saidor September 8 - October 6, 1944 Tacloban
417th BG, 673rd BS (A-20) Saidor September 8 - October 6, 1944 Tacloban
417th BG, 674th BS (A-20) Saidor September 8 - October 6, 1944 Tacloban
417th BG, 675th BS (A-20) Saidor September 15 - October 6, 1944 Tacloban

The airfield remained in use until the end of the Pacific War.

Post War Scrapping
During the 1950s, Australians used Kornasoren as a location to collect and scrap wartime aircraft.

came in the 1950s and melted most of the wrecks down. The smelter is still there, amongst the remains of some hanger ironwork which is scattered around.

Today
Still in use today, as a 5,757' single runway. Known as 'Yebruro' after the local village.

Elliott Smock visited in 2000:
There were three airfields on Numfoor, two were abandoned there is nothing left, while the Americans developed."

C-47 Dakota
Fusealge abandoned at the airfield

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May 22, 2017

 

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