Lat 1° 22' 54N Long 173° 8' 49E Bonriki Airfield is located on Bonriki Island in Tarawa Atoll (Betio) in the Republic of Kiribati (Gilbert Islands). Also known as Mullinnix Field. Today, known as Bonriki International Airport or Bonriki Airport.
After Betio (Tarawa) was occupied by the Marines, and Tarawa Airfield (Hawkins) operational, Bonriki
airfield was put in at Bonriki running east-west. A second
runway was oriented northeast to southwest. This airfield was longer than Tarawa Airfield (Hawkins) it was better suited for bomber operations.
Bonriki Airfield was used by 7th Air Force B-25 Mitchells and B-24 Liberators
before moving to Makin Airfield
Airfield was renamed "Mullinnix Field" after
Rear Admiral Henry M. Mullinnix KIA November 24, 1943 on the escort carrier CVE-56
USS Liscome Bay sunk off (Makin)
the US Army invasion taking place at the same time as the
Still in use today as "Bonriki International Airport" or "Bonriki Airport". This airport is a port of entry and is classified as a small airport, the only international airport in the Republic of Kiribati.
The single runway oriented 27/09 measures 6,598' x 135' surfaced with asphalt. Airport codes: ICAO: NGTA / IATA: TRW. There are two passenger and one cargo terminal. Serviced by Air Kiribati, Air Marshall Isles, Air
Nauru, Air Pacific and Fiji Airways.
Stan Gajda reports:
"At Bonriki, many large revetments for B-24's were built.
Even to this day there is still a lot of debris of operations
there, like bomb transport rings, bomb tail fin cases etc. In
the revetments it is easy to find fired .50 and .30 cal mg cases
thrown out of planes when they were cleaned during operations."
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February 4, 2018