Lat 9°23'30"S Long 147°14'20"E Located near Bomana roughly 12 miles north of Port Moresby near Mount Lawes. Also known as "12 Mile Drome", "12 Mile" or "Bomana Drome".
As of May 15, 1943, there was little or no room for expansion without an extensive earth moving project. The runway had an 8" base of crushed rock and pit gravel for a single earth runway approximately 4,500' by 150'. It also had 40 dispersal bays, and 4 alert areas that would accommodate 15 fighter aircraft.
Australian units based at 12 Mile Drome (Berry / Bomana)
RAAF 75 Squadron (P-40) April 25, 1942 - ?
RAAF, 4 Squadron (Wirraways) November 7, 1942 - ?
RAAF, 33 Squadron, Air Transport Service (DH.82, DH.84, Anson) 1943
American units based at 12 Mile Drome (Berry / Bomana)
8th FG, 80th FS (P-39) July 20, 1942 - November 8, 1942 Turnbull
35th FG, 40th FS (P-39) 7 Mile Drome June 42 - Aug 14, 1943 Tsili Tsili
475th FG, 431st FS (P-38) August 8, 1943 - October 3, 1943 North Embi Airfield
Officially named "Berry Drome" on November 10, 1942 in honor
of P-39D 41-7165 pilot
Major Jack W. Berry MIA on August 4, 1942.
Japanese missions against 12 Mile Drome (Berry)
The road from Port Moresby runs over top
the old man runway. The Bomana Police Training
College is located at the site of the former strip, and the Bomana War Cemetery is
at the far end of the strip. Some of the officer's and command
tents for the airfield were located
in the high ground around the former field.
war debris are scattered around the area, including barrels,
metal pieces, etc.
L-4B Grasshopper Serial
Crashed near Berry Drome on July 27, 1943
P-39 Airacobra Serial Number ?
Pilot Rose crashed June 25, 1942, pilot survived
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January 12, 2018