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    Suain Airfield East Sepik Province Papua New Guinea

Location
Suain Airfield was located at Suain near the north coast of New Guinea. Also known as Suain Emergency Landing Ground or Suain ELG.

Construction
Possibly, there was a prewar landing strip or Japanese built landing strip at this location. During December 1944 or early 1945, the Australian Army cleared area of kunai grass was cleared into a runway for emergency landings. By the middle of May 1945, the landing ground was overgrown with 1-3 feet of kunai grass. During the Pacific War, at least one aircraft made a successful landing at this location.

World War II Pacific Theatre History
On May 28, 1945 during the afternoon, DH.82 Tiger Moth A17-48 made a successful emergency landing at Suain Airfield due to bad weather. Before able to take off, the landing ground was overgrown with 1-3 feet of kunai grass which had to be cut to make a take off pathway. Later that same afternoon at 4:30pm while taking off at a speed of approximately 30 mph, this aircraft struck a small ammunition box hidden in the grass causing the left wing drop and the aircraft to swing to the side and went up onto its nose before coming to rest. The pilot and passenger were unhurt in the crash. Afterwards, this aircraft was righted and took off successfully.

Today
Disused since the end of the Pacific War.

References
NAA "Records of Flight Lieutenant Harry Morrell Williams, RAAF:] Headquarters, Allied Air Forces - Southwest Pacific Area - Directorate of Intelligence - Central Intelligence Unit - Objective Folder 66" Item Barcode 8726511
"CIU Strip Map No.2 - Ritter Bay - Suain Plantation - 23 September 1943"
NAA Tiger Moth A17 [Accidents Part 2] (NAA: A9845, 32)
"Confirmatory Memorandum In Accordance with A.F.O. 18/E/2(5) Landing and take off accident Tiger Moth A17-48"
Thanks to Daniel Leahy for additional research and analysis.

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Last Updated
January 9, 2018

 

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