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    Kiarivu Airfield East Sepik Province Papua New Guinea (PNG)
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Kiarivu Airfield is located near Kiarivu.

During August 6-9, 1945 C-47 Dakotas air dropped supplies and equipment to Australian forces in the area, including a 75mm howitzer.

An airfield was built by the Australian Army 2/7 Infantry Battalion troops with native labor provided by Australia New Guinea Administrative Unit (ANGAU). Kunai grass was cut from the runway area between August 9-12, 1945 and the bare ground then dried in the sun to harden.

World War II Pacific Theatre History
On August 13, 1945 DH.82A Tiger Moth A17-489 piloted by W. H. R. Smith from RAAF 12 Local Air Supply Unit (LASU) was the first aircraft to land and take off from Kiarivu Airfield. Since the runway was still soft from construction, parachute bundles from prior air drops were used to mark the best area for landing.

On September 14, 1945 DH.82A Tiger Moth A17-489 piloted by F/O T .L. Collier took off from Cape Wom Airfield and landed at Kiarivu Airfield to return Lt General Hatazo Adachi to his headquarters at Kiarivu to provided further instruction to his staff about the surrender.

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September 24, 2018



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