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    Palembang I Airfield (P1) South Sumatra Province Indonesia

Location
Lat 2° 53' 54S Long 104° 41' 60E  Palembang I Airfield (P1) is located near Palembang in South Sumatra Province in eastern Sumatra Island. Located at an elevation of 49' above sea level. Also known as "Palembang I", "P1" or "Pangkalan Benteng". Nearby is Palembang II Airfield (P2). Today located in South Sumatra Province (Sumatera Selatan) in Indonesia.

Construction
Built prewar by the Dutch.

Wartime History
During January 1942 Palembang was used by U. S. Army Air Force, Far East Air Force (FEAF) B-17 Flying Fortresses as a base for bombing missions against Japanese occupied areas in Malaysia and Netherlands East Indies (Indonesia).

On February 15, 1942 occupied by the Japanese, they captured the wreckage of B-17E 41-2419 abandoned at the airfield. Occupied by the Japanese for the remainder of the Pacific War.

Japanese and American missions against Palembang
August 10, 1944

Today
Still in use today as Sultan Mahmud Badaruddin II International Airport or Sultan Mahmud Badaruddin II Airport as a small airport of entry. The single runway is oriented 29/11 measures 8,202' x 148' surfaced with asphalt. Airport codes: ICAO: WIPP / IATA: PLM.

References
Sultan Mahmud Badaruddin II International Airport - Official Website

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Last Updated
January 9, 2018

 

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