Located on Nauru Island.
Japanese built this airfield on the southern
corner of the island. Construction was begun in November 1942 depending largely
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
In 1970 the Japanese
helped islanders by building a road around the island . To "tidy
up" the locals bulldozed the remaining Japanese planes into the sea.
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
Recovered by Stan Gajda to the Nauru Military Museum
Wreckage at the airfield
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February 4, 2018