Oxley Airfield was located near the Puriata River in southwestern Bougainville. Also known as "Oxley Strip".
Built by the Australian Army during early 1945.
Named in honor of Royal Australian Air Force (RAAF) Flying Officer Moreland J. Oxley MIA February 6, 1945 piloting a Boomerang A46-216 from 5 Squadron.
Used by RAAF Taylorcraft Auster to provide close air support for artillery spotting and message dropping in support of Australian Army soldiers in the area.
On May 22, 1945 Auster A11-26 crashed after a stalled landing at Oxley Strip.
Disused since the Pacific War.
WW2 Nominal Roll - Moreland James Oxley
AWM - Auster airstrip near Puriata River, Bougainville - Oxley Field, Bougainville (ART22418)
AWM - Austers (ART25211)
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January 9, 2018