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    Kerevat Airfield (Keravat, Karavat, Tavelo) East New Britain Province PNG
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USAAF April 22, 1943

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Location
Lat 4° 18' 33S Long 152° 0' 44E Keravat Airfield is located near the western coast of East New Britain Province in Papua New Guinea (PNG). To the north is Keravat Plantation, to the northeast is Tavilo Plantation, to the south is the Keravat River and Keravat (Keravat Experimental Station, Keravat Governement Experiemental Farms). To the northwest is Rabaul. Wartime spelling "Kerevat Airfield", "Keravat Airfield" or "Karavat Airfield". Also known as "Tavelo Airfield".

Prewar
Keravat Plantation and Tavilo Plantation were established at this location planted with coconut palms harvesting copra. To the southeast is Keravat (Keravat Experimental Station, Keravat Governement Experiemental Farms).

Construction
During September 1943, the Japanese began construction of a single runway measuring 4,800' oriented roughly east in Keravat Plantation.

Wartime History
Kerevat Airfield had serious water drainage issues that made flight operations difficult. Due to the drainage problems, Kerevat Airfield was only used to a limited capacity for flight operations and as a crash strip.

Japanese units based at Kerevat
552 Kokutai (D3A2 Val) December 18, 1943 - January 25, 1944 Truk

Allied missions against Kerevat Airfield
June 20, 1943 - May 16, 1944

Today
Abandoned as an airfield since the war.  The outline of the former runway is still visible from a distance.

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February 4, 2018

 

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