Located to the northwest of Dumpu in the Ramu Valley.
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.
World War II Pacific Theatre 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)
Located nearest to Dumpu, a single strip that ran roughly parallel
to the Uria River.
No 2 Strip (West Base)
Located to the north and parallel to the Ramu River, this single strip had a line of dispersal
areas to the north of the strip. Located near the West Base area
of Dumpu. This runway was described as surfaced with compacted earth.
American and Japanese missions against Dumpu
June 27, 1943 - November 6, 1943
Fuselage section recovered
in 1974 and shipped to United States
Abandoned at the airfield
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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February 4, 2018