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    Bulldog Airfield Gulf Province Papua New Guinea (PNG)
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Jack Taft 1984

Location
Bulldog Airfield is located at Bulldog in Gulf Province in Papua New Guinea.

Construction
Built prewar? The Allies used this airfield and emergency strip and to support the campaign at Wau.

World War II Pacific Theatre History
This airfield was never developed as the Japanese threat against Wau passed. During the war, at least two Airacobras force landed at the airfield.

P-400 Airacobra Serial Number AP 335
Force landed during August 3, 1943 recovered by Taft during 1984.

P-400 Airacobra Serial Number AP 347
Force landed during August 15 or 20, 1943 recovered by Taft during 1984.

Today
Disused since the war, this airfield is overgrown to this day.

Ray Fairfield over flew the area in 1968:
"I remember the strip as just north of the village of Bulldog. I was told about some intact airplanes at Bulldog that survey crew had visited, and taken a few parts off. These planes had reportedly crashed before the strip was built. When I over flew the area in 1968 or 1969 I could not see anything. Finally, after carefully looking I could just make out the former runway - if the jungle was 80' tall, the trees on the former runway were about 40', they grew that fast. I could not see any wrecks. Later, Jack Taft went in there by boat and walked to the Airacobras. He later told me a story about when he walked there, the locals told him to stop. He wondered why, and they said he was at the aircraft. It was so overgrown, he had not seen it."

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Last Updated
February 4, 2018

 

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