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USAAF c1943

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USAAF c1944

Location
Panapae Airfield was located on Panapae plantation parallel to the north coast of New Ireland, two miles to the east of Kavieng. Prewar this area was Panapai plantation. Also known as "Panapai".

Construction
Built by the Japanese, along the highway on the Panapai Plantation, parallel to the coastline. A single 4,000' runway with a taxiway and revetments, 9 bomber ravetments on the inland side, and 12 fighter ravetments on the seaward side (as of May 22, 1943).

American missions against Panapai
February 15 - March 19, 1944

Today
Panapai has been disused since the Japanese operations. Kunai grass now covers the runway but the area can still be recognized.

Brian Bennett adds:
"I searched for any aircraft wrecks in the area in the 1980's and was unable to find much there."

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January 9, 2018

 

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