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    Dumpu Airfield Madang Province Papua New Guinea (PNG)
Location
Dumpu Airfield was located to the northwest of Dumpu (Tumpu) in the Ramu Valley. Prewar and during the Pacific War located in the Territory of New Guinea. Today located in Madang Province in Papua New Guinea (PNG).

Construction
Built prewar as a landing ground. During the middle 1942 the single runway was 700 x 90 x 2200 yards, hard dry grass with good approaches. Facilities are described as native houses, no food, water. Natives speak pidgin English. The airstrip could be lengthened to 2100 yards.

Wartime History
During December 1943 Dumpu Airfield was surveyed by US Army engineers as all weather aerodrome with two parallel runways for use by fighter aircraft. Only preliminary construction was carried out before the project was canceled on January 8, 1944 due to a new US Army policy decision that deemed a full strip unnecessary at this location, as the war had moved on to the north and west. Regardless, several aircraft used Dumpu as an emergency landing strip, or crashed there.

No 1 Strip (East Base)
This runway was located nearest to Dumpu and was roughly parallel to the Uria River.

No 2 Strip (West Base)
This runway was located to the north and parallel to the Ramu River and was surfaced with compacted earth. A line of dispersal areas were to the north of the runway and was located near the West Base area of Dumpu.

American and Japanese missions against Dumpu
June 27, 1943 - November 6, 1943

P-40N Warhawk 42-105861
Fuselage section recovered in 1974 and shipped to United States

C-47 Dakota
Abandoned at the airfield

References
Notes about New Guinea airfields, recorded circa May - July, 1942 by Oliver C. Doan via Jean Doan research Edward Rogers
Engineers in Theater Operations [Pacific] "Advance Area Airdromes 31 January 1944", Map No. 24 - 6,000' x 100' compacted, gravel & clay, usable earth strip

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October 23, 2019

 

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