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    Kaiapit Airfield Morobe Province Papua New Guinea (PNG)
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September 25, 1943

Location
Kaiapit Airfield is located at Kaiapit.

Construction
Built prior to the war by the Australian administration.

World War II Pacific Theatre History
In middle 1942, the single airstrip was described as 1,500 x 100 x 900 yards. Facilities included one house, native shacks, excellent approaches, native foods (sweet potatoes, bananas, pig) can be lengthen to 1,500 yd. sq.

After the area was occupied by the Allies, this strip was surveyed by U. S. Army Engineers, but only preliminary preparations for further development were made to expand the airfield to 6,000' x 100' and several parallel runways.

On January 8, 1944 further development of Kaiapit Airfield was abandoned by the U. S. Army when a new plan of operations deemed it unessential to the Allied war effort.

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

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