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    Terapo Airfield Gulf Province Papua New Guinea (PNG)
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5th AF July 17, 1944

Location
Terapo Airfield is located near Terapo in Gulf Province in Papua New Guinea. Located roughly roughly 200 miles northwest of Port Moresby roughly ten miles inland from the Gulf of Papua.

Construction
Built by the Allies as a single runway.

World War II Pacific Theatre History
Used to support the Australian Army in the area and for emergency landings. No Allied aircraft were permanently based at this airfield.

During 1943, several Allied aviators were taken to Terapo Airfield and flown back to Port Moresby, including Lt. George E. Morgan who force landed his P-38 Lightning on July 16, 1943 roughly 40 miles from Kerema.

P-38G "Dumbo!" Serial Number 42-12847 Nose 37
Pilot Laing force landed September 2, 1943. Salvaged by Robert Greinert 2002

P-47D Thunderbolt
Pilot Murr force landed March 14, 1944

P-47D Thunderbolt
Pilot Schatzman force landed March 14, 1944

Today
Still in use today by light aircraft, airport code TEO.

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Last Updated
February 4, 2018

 

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