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    Rakanda Airfield (Duke of York Airfield) East New Britain Province PNG
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13th AF c1943

Location
Lat 4° 12' 35S Long 152° 26' 19E  Rakanda Airfield was located at Rakanda plantation on Rakanda Island in the Duke of York Island Group (Duke of York Islands) in East New Britain Province in Papua New Guinea (PNG) at an elevation of 38' above sea level. Also spelled "Rakada". The Allies called this location "Duke of York Airfield".

Construction
During late 1943, the Japanese began construction of an airfield at this location. It is unclear if the airfield was ever completed or used during the Pacific War.

American missions against Duke of York Airfield
November 10, 1943 (5th AF) B-24's bomb a new landing ground on Duke of York

Today
Still in use today as Rakanda Airport, a small airport used postwar. Airport code: IATA: RAA.

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Last Updated
February 4, 2018

 

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