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US Army c1944
US Army Feb 8, 1944
Lat 5° 37' 43S Long 146° 27' 54E Saidor Airfield is located at 83' above sea level near Saidor and Saul Point on the north coast of New Guinea. Borders Dekys Bay to the east and the Bismarck Sea to the north. Known to the Japanese as "Gumbi Airfield". Located to the west is Yami Airfield (Saidor #2, Tarlitce). Today, located in Madang Province in Papua New Guinea (PNG).
Built prewar as a single runway for civilian aircraft. During the middle 1942 the single runway was described as 750 x 80 x 50 yards, surfaced with sod, that could be lengthened to 1,000 yards with good approaches (NW - SE). Facilities included native houses, medical supplies at Saidor mission (a forty minute walk) Austrian missionary, native foods & water. Blocked by ditches and barricades.
World War II Pacific Theatre History
American and Japanese missions against Saidor
On January 2, 1944 U. S. Army, 6th Army, 32nd Infantry Division, 126th Regimental Combat Team (126th RCT) under the command of General Martin with the 120th Field Artillery plus elements land at Saidor and capture the Saidor Airfield area.
By early 1944, Saidor Airfield was the most forward Allied airfield to Japanese occupied areas to the west.
On April 16, 1944 "Black Sunday" many 5th Air Force fighters and bombers landed at Saidor Airfield due to bad weather. Lost at Saidor in crash landings and collisions were F5B-1 Lightning 42-67350 (Christians, KIA) and P-38J Lightning 42-104352 (Price, survived), B-25D "Seven Day Leave" 41-30611 (crew survived), B-25D 41-30337 (crew killed) and B-25D "Sweet Jeanne" 41-30189 (crew survived).
American units based at Saidor
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