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    Tami Airfield (Tami Drome) Jayapura Regency | Papua Province Indonesia
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5th AF March 21, 1944

Location
Located at Tami, to the south of Skomabo village to the west of the Tami River on the north coast of western New Guinea.

Construction
Built by the Japanese with a 4,800' single runway (as of March 21, 1944). There are no known Japanese operations from this strip. It reached serviceable condition, but was not fully in use prior to April 1944.

Wartime History
Two Alamo scout teams entered the area on D+2 (April 24, 1944) a sizable party of missionaries and Japanese prisoners was liberated at nearby Goya nearby, and were questioned and evacuated. On April 27 1944, reinforcements of the G Company of the 162nd Infantry arrived to clear the area. Security was established for engineering units found it more or less complete by Japanese standards.

The US Army finished the construction of the airfield. On May 1 1944, enemy snipers became very active and additional US forces cleared the area with vigorous paroling. By May 3, 1944 a 3,800' runway was completed and ready for use by C-47s. The wreckage of at least one Japanese aircraft was present at the strip [radio recovered].

American Usage
It was extended to 4000' and used extensively for cargo C-47 operation, at its height several hundred take offs and landings per day to bring in cargo prior to the repair of Hollandia Airfield. Due to its swampy location further development was abandoned.

Today
Disused since World War II.

References
Thanks to Richard Dunn for additional information.

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Last Updated
February 4, 2018

 

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