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    Buna New Strip (New Strip, Dummy Strip) Oro Province Papua New Guinea

Location
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.

Construction
The Japanese 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.

Wartime History
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).

Today
After the battle, New Strip was abandoned and never used by the Allies. Today, it is overgrown with kunai grass.

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Last Updated
January 9, 2018

 

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November 22, 1942

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December 5, 1942

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