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    Chimbu Airfield (Simbu) Chimbu Province Papua New Guinea (PNG)
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E. Salternik March 1944

Location
Lat 6° 1' 27S Long 144° 58' 14E  Chimbu Airfield is located at an elevation of 4,974' north of Kundiawa in Chimbu Province (Simbu) of the Highlands. Also known as Simbu Airfield.

Construction
Built prewar.

World War II Pacific Theatre History
In middle 1942 the single runway measured 800 yd x 90 yd x 5100' with poor approaches with cliff at each end. Missionary Mr. Mannerman was based here. Food and two European houses plus native buildings and empty fuel drums.

L-5 Sentinal Serial Number ?
Pilot Stalone crashed April 15, 1944

Today
Still in use today as "Chimbu Airport". The single runway is oriented 21/03 measures 3,330' x 89' surfaced with asphalt. Airport codes: ICAO: AYCH and IATA: CMU.

References
Notes about New Guinea airfields, recorded circa May - July, 1942 by Oliver C. Doan via Jean Doan research Edward Rogers
National Airport Comission (NAC) - Chimbu Airport

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Last Updated
January 9, 2018

 

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