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    Merauke Airfield (Mopah) Merauke Regency | Papua Province Indonesia
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Location
Lat 8° 31' 13S Long 140° 25' 7E  Merauke Airfield is located five miles east of Merauke near the southwestern coast of New Guinea in Merauke Regency in Papua Province in Indonesia at an elevation of 10' above sea level. Today, known as "Mopah Airport".

Construction
Built prewar by the Dutch as a single dirt surfaced runway.

Wartime History
During September 1939, German pilots Werner Garms and Paul Raabe stole Junkers F.13 "Papua" VH-UTS and flew it from Malahang Airfield near Lae to Merauke and abandoned it at the airfield then made their way back to Europe to enlist in the Luftwaffe (German Air Force).

During mid 1943, the Japanese Navy seaplanes and land attack bombers attacked Merauke Airfield.

During 1943 the runway was surfaced with marston matting (PSP) and used by the Royal Australian Air Force (RAAF) as a forward base for P-40 Kittyhawks and Vultee Vengeance bombers. Merauke Airfield was defended by the 76th Anti-Aircraft Searchlight Battery.

Allied units based at Merauke
RAAF 86 Squadron (P-40) 1943 - 1944
RAAF 12 Squadron (Vengence) December 1943

Today
This airfield is still in use today as a small airport known as Mopah Airport. The single runway is oriented 34/16 measures 6,070' x 98' surfaced with asphalt. Airport code ICAO: WAKK IATA: MKQ.

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Last Updated
February 4, 2018

 

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