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    Popondetta Airfield Oro Province Papua New Guinea (PNG)
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5th AF c1943

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5th AF c1943

Location
Popondetta Airfield was located to the west of Popondetta.

Construction
Built by the U. S. Army, along with Doboudra Airfield as one of the first landing grounds constructed in the area. After the battle, the airfield was expanded to a pair of parallel runways.

World War II Pacific Theatre History
During the battle of Buna-Gona-Sanananda, the Australian Army 36th Battalion was flown from 5-Mile (Wards Drome) to Popondetta Airfield then participated in the battle at Sanananda. This airfield was used primarily by C-47 Dakotas transporting cargo to the area.

C-47 Dakota
Crash landed or destroyed on the ground at Popondetta Airfield

Today
Disused since the war and overgrown. At the center of the former runway is a disused timber sawmill that is fenced off and used for storage.

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Last Updated
January 9, 2018

 

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