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    Bulwa Airfield Morobe Province Papua New Guinea (PNG)
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Guinea Airways c1934c

Location
Lat 7° 8' 30S Long 146° 37' E  Located near Bulwa, at the junction of the Bulolo and Watut Rivers. To the southeast of Bulolo and Wau. To the northwest is Sunshine. Also known as Bulowat or Bulwa.

Construction
Built during 1932-33 by Bulolo Gold Dredging Limited to support gold mining operations at Placer Dome.

During one year, two Junkers G 31's based at Lae Airfield landed at Bulwa Airfield 468 times to transport a disassembled gold dredge to this location. The larger parts were unloaded using a large crane at the airfield.

In middle 1942 the single runway was 1000 x 100 x 2000 yards, can be expanded surfaced with sod, dry with fair approaches (hills). Thirty European houses, Major Edwards, completely equipped hospital, food and water, telephone to Bulolo and Wau.

World War II Pacific Theatre History
During the Pacific War, as an alternate strip for Bulolo Airfield and Wau Airfield in support of the campaign at Wau.

On January 30, 1943 at the height of the Battle of Wau, the Australian Army New Guinea Force headquarters requested that Bulwa Airfield and Bulolo Airfield be readied for emergency use if Wau Airfield was made unservicable or captured by the Japanese. Luckily, this never proved necessary.

Today
Disused since the war.

References
Notes about New Guinea airfields, recorded circa May - July, 1942 by Oliver C. Doan via Jean Doan research Edward Rogers
The Battle For Wau page 182
Gold-Dust and Ashes
Thanks to Richard Leahy and John Douglas for additional information

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Last Updated
January 9, 2018

 

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