Located at Buna due south of Cape Endaiadere,
and to the south-east of the Buna Airfield (Old Strip), and on the western portion of the prewar Duropa Plantation.
began construction of a second, "new
strip" that was a single runway. It was only
partially completed, then abandoned around the time the
fighting began in the Buna area.
Attacked by Buna New Strip. On November 26, 1942 fifteen P-40s from the 49th Fighter Group, 7th Fighter Squadron took off from 17 Mile (Durand) on Port Moresby for a mission to dive bomb and strafe the new strip at Buna. One aircraft dropped bomb on A/A pits. Two aircraft dropped bombs in village. Planes also strafed same positions. The bombs dropped were fused with M103 nose fuse and M106 tail fuse. Lost was P-40E 41-5645 (MIA).
After the battle, New
Strip was abandoned and never used by the Allies. Today,
it is overgrown with kunai grass.
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September 24, 2018