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USN c1943

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USN c1943

Location
Located at Samarai Island. Other facilities were located at Sariba Island. Also known as "Samarai Island Seaplane Base".

Construction
On July 31, 1943 a detachment of the US Navy 84th Seabee Battalion was sent to Samarai to build a small seaplane base. Despite material shortages, the base was built in 42 days and included a 50' ramp with a hanger and 40,000 square feet of parking. Barracks and accommodations for 220 men and 50 officers and the installation of four x 1,000 barrel aviation fuel tanks.

World War II Pacific Theatre History
Used by the United States Navy (USN) as a seaplane base and operating area.

USN units based at Samari
VP-34 (PBYs) Based from December  26, 1943 where it began its first offensive combat operations against the enemy as a Black Cat squadron.

VP-101 (PBY) Based from Dec 1 - 28, 1943 had its advance bases at Samarai and Port Moresby. Combat patrols and crew training were conducted concurrently through the 28th, when the squadron returned to Perth.

On December 31, 1943 US Navy (USN) Fleet Air Wing 17 departed Australia and set up headquarters at Samarai Island.

VP-33 (PBYs) Based from February 15, 1944, under the operational control of FAW-17. The squadron was assigned night search patrols and attack missions against enemy shipping in the Bismarck Sea.

Today
Disused as a seaplane base since the war.

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Last Updated
February 4, 2018

 

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