US Army Aug 12, 1944
Robert Laessig 1944
US Army c1944
Lat 0° 22' 0" S Long 132° 11' 30" E Middleburg Airfield spans the length of Middleburg Island, to the north of Sansapor on the north coast of New Guinea. Also known as "Middleburg Island Airfield, Middleburg Drome, Klenso Drome or Toem Drome.
Built by the
U. S. Army as a
fighter airfield. Middleburg became operational on August 15, 1944.
American units based at Middleburg
198th Anti-Aircraft C-Battery 1944
347th FG 67th FS (P-38) Russell Aug 15, 44 - Feb 12,
347th FG, 68th FS (P-38) Torokina August 17, 1944 - ?
339th FS (P-38) Sansapor September 19, 1944 - February 13, 1945 Morotai
George T. Reed recalls:
"I was in the 5th Army Airways Communications System (AACS),
under Col. Nichols HQ Brisbane, and was "sent" up
to Sansapor. I was on the island the moment the first plane
landed. I think it was a P-38. We had a few raids when the
moon was full. Zero's and Bettys. I positively remember the
construction of the landing strip and when the first plane
landed. All was quiet until about October 1944 when the first
Japs came over. I would like to communicate with any one who
was on Sansapor or Middleburg. I was NCOIC (T/SGT) in charge
of 33 men with mission to establish AACS radio station on the
island. I was operating the station one night when the shrapnel
went through the radio shack. This was on the south side of
Airdromes Guide Southwest Pacific Area - 1 July 1945
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