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    Yamai Airfield (Saidor #2, Tarlitce, Biliau) Madang Province Papua New Guinea
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Colin Jermy 1979

Location
Lat 5° 34' 41S Long 146° 20' 20E  Yamai Airfield is located on the north coast of New Guinea, roughly 3-4 miles west of of Saidor and Saidor Airfield. Nearby is Biliau (Beliau). During World War II, known as Yamai, Saidor #2, Saidor No. 2 or Tarlitce. Today, known as Biliau Airfield or Biliau Airport.

Construction
During early 1944, a small runway was built by the U. S. Army for use as an emergency airfield.

World War II Pacific Theatre History
Used as a cub strip for liaison planes and as an emergency airfield. On April 16, 1944 "Black Sunday" many aircraft force landed at this location due to bad weather low on fuel.

Today
Still in use today as a small airport. Airport code: IATA: BIJ. No fuel reported, located 50' above sea level.

B-25D "Fer de Lance" 41-30527
Pilot Maturi force landed April 16, 1944 "Black Sunday"

A-20G Havoc 43-86563 Tail P
Pilot Dower force landed April 16, 1944 "Black Sunday"

A-20G "In The Mood" 43-9669
Pilot Gresen force landed April 16, 1944 "Black Sunday"

A-20G Havoc 43-9629 Tail E
Pilot Davidson force landed April 16, 1944 "Black Sunday"

Aircraft Salvaged from Yamai
In 1985, the RAAF recovered three A-20 wrecks from the airfield, and transported them to Australia.

A-20G Havoc 43-9401
Pilot Crow landed April 16, 1944 "Black Sunday" salvaged by RAAF 1985

A-20G Havoc 43-9491
Force landed April 16, 1944 "Black Sunday" salvaged by RAAF 1985

A-20G Havoc 42-86615 Tail T
Force landed April 16, 1944 "Black Sunday" salvaged by RAAF 1985

References
Black Sunday by Michael Claringbould
Thanks to Keith Hopper and John Douglas for additional information

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Last Updated
January 9, 2018

 

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