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    12 Mile Drome (Berry Drome, Bomana Drome) NCD Papua New Guinea (PNG)
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Location
Lat 9°23'30"S Long 147°14'20"E  12 Mile Drome was located near Bomana roughly 12 miles north of Port Moresby near Mount Lawes. Also known as "12 Mile Drome", "12 Mile" or "Bomana Drome".

Construction
Built by Australian during 1942 as a single runway for fighters and liason planes. As of May 15, 1943, 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. By May 1943 there was little or no room for expansion without an extensive earth moving project and further expansion ceased.

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

Naming
On November 10, 1942 officially named "Berry Drome" in honor of P-39D 41-7165 pilot Major Jack W. Berry MIA on August 4, 1942.

Japanese missions against 12 Mile Drome (Berry)
May 12–18, 1942

Today
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. Some war debris are scattered around the area, including barrels, metal pieces, etc.

L-4B Grasshopper Serial Number 43-1137
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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