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5th AF c1943
July 10, 1944
World War II Pacific Theatre History
Japanese Army Air Force (JAAF) units based at Awar
Starting in the middle of 1943, Awar Airfield was bombed and strafed by Allied aircraft until the middle of 1944. During November 1943, one Ki-48 Lily from the 248th Sentai landed at Awar Airfield and was hospitalized at Wewak four days later. His bomber was left at the airfield. During late December 1943, Allied photographic reconnaissance spotted only three fighter aircraft at Awar Airfield.
Allied missions against Awar
On June 14, 1944 Awar Airfield area was occupied by Australian Army. Afterwards, there were at least two instances when Royal Australian Air Force (RAAF) aircraft landing at Awar Airfield.
On June 27, 1944, a Boomerang A46-138 piloted by F/O N. L. Oliver, 436020 attempted to make an emergency landing at Awar, but collided with a derelict Japanese aircraft on the overgrown runway and crashed and burned.
On February 9, 1945 Boomerang A46-??? code QE-A flown by F/L C.A. Phillips was flying a tactical reconnaissance mission over the Sepik. Returning its engine began to overheat. He successfully landed at Awar, and his plane was guarded by members of the 5th Australian Division, 30th Battalion (Sepik Force). After two days, an engine fitter from 4 Squadron was flown to the airfield to repair it oil cooler, and its fuel tank was topped off with abandoned Japanese aviation gas!
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