Salamaua Airfield is located
near Logui on the mainland of New Guinea north of the Franciso River at Kennedy's Crossing. Salamaua is located to the northeast and Bayern Bay is to the east. The single runway runs roughly northeast to southwest along Bayern Bay to the southwest of Salamaua. "Logui" was the wartime era name of
the two villages nearby.
Built prewar by the Australians to support gold mining operations inland. The single runway borders Bayern Bay to the northeast and to the southwest borders the Franciso River.
World War II Pacific Theatre History
On January 21, 1942 at 11:55am, bombed by Japanese bombers, destroying on the ground three DH-84 and one RAAF Hudson. Kevin Parer taxing a DH-84 was killed. A Junkers G 31 trimotor aproached Salamaua Airfield during the raid, but was able to escape the area and landed safely at Wau Airfield instead. The next day, Australian forces abandoned Salamaua fearing further attacks.
On March 8, 1942 Japanese troops occupied Salamaua. The Japanese upgraded Salamua Airfield for military use and used the runway to a limited capacity.
On September 11, 1943 the Australian Army's 5 Division occupied Salamaua Airfield. The following day, the first Allied airplane landed at Salamaua Airfield. But, the airfield was not heavily utilized by the Allies.
Abandoned since the war.
Phil Bradley reports:
"The airstrip was knee deep in water in June when I visited.
The Battle For Wau page 2
New Guinea Volunteer Rifles (NGVR) records show that on the 21st January 1942 the surprise attack on Salamaua by Japanese fighters and bombers destroyed one RAAF Lockheed Hudson, 2 De Havillands and 2 Fox Moths.
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February 4, 2018