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Lat 0° 32' 51S Long 166° 55' 9E  Nauru Airfield is located at the souther edge of Nauru Island.

Japanese built this airfield on the southern corner of the island. Construction was begun in November 1942 depending largely on local labor.  It was completed January 14, 1943 with the assistance of engineers from Japan. The next day, Navy G4M Betty bombers and then Zero fighters arrived at the base.

Japanese Units Based at Nauru
204th Kokutai (A6M Zeros) February 1943

American missions against Nauru
January 28, 1943 - October 30, 1944

Still in use today as Nauru Airport or Nauru International Airport. The single runway is oriented 30/12 meausres 7,054' x 148' surfaced with asphalt. Airport codes: ANYN and INU.

During the 1970 the Japanese helped islanders by building a fringing road around the Nauru Island. To "tidy up" the locals bulldozed the remaining Japanese planes into the sea.

Peter Flahavin visited in 1994:
"A piece of Betty flap was found near the wing behind the airfield. After looking around one of the 127mm AA gun batteries he poked around in the trenches and supporting positions and found this 25mm AA gun ammo magazine. We looked in the same area in 1995, but could not find any more."

A6M Zeke
Recovered by Stan Gajda to the Nauru Military Museum

G4M Betty
Wreckage at the airfield

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Last Updated
August 12, 2018


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