Lat 5° 27' 44S Long 150° 24' 18E Hoskins Airfield is located at Hoskins. Known to the Japanese as "Gabubu" or "Gavuvu" for the nearby village by the same name.
Built by the Japanese, and known
to them as 'Gabubu' or 'Gavuvu', after a nearby waterway.. A single
runway 4,000' long (as of October 18, 1943) and
up to Stettin
the strip included taxiways and (30) fighter revetments,
and was defended by (2) light antiaircraft guns.
American missions against Hoskins
September 19, 1943 - March 26, 1944
World War II Pacific Theatre History
Used as a forward Japanese airfield. Attacked by Allied aircraft during late 1943 until March 1944. In early May 1944 captured by U. S. Marine Corps (USMC). Several Japanese aircraft were captured relatively intact at the airfield including D3A2 Val Tail 82-224 and D4Y1 Judy Tail 01-070.
Still used today by
Air Niugini for air service to Western
New Britain Province and connecting flights to Rabaul. Airport codes: ICAO: AYHK, IATA: HKN. The runway measures 1,585m x 30mo oriented 12/30 at an elevation of 40'.
During early August 2002, A volcano temporarily closed Hoskins.
Reportedly work was done to attempt to reopen
the old Talasea Airstrip as
an alternate landing ground for the area.
NAC - Hoskins Airport
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December 27, 2018