Yule Airfield is located to the north of Chiria village parallel to the western coast of Yule Island, in roughly the center of the island. Also known as "Yule Island Airfield".
During the war, a single runway was built at this location as of late 1943.
World War II Pacific Theatre History
RAAF Air Transport Service, 33 Squadron flew supplies and personnel aboard light aircraft including DH.84 Dragon, Avro Anson and Tiger Moths from their base at 12 Mile Drome (Berry).
During early February 1943, RAAF 33 Squadron Tiger Moth A17-565 piloted by Sgt Black landed at Yule Airfield delivering 370 pounds of freight.
Still in use today for local flights. Airport code: RKU.
NAA "RAAF Unit History Sheets (Form A50) [Operations Record Book - Forms A50 and A51] Number 33 Squadron Mar 42 - Feb 46 (NAA: A9186) page 858
Allied Air Transport Operations South West Pacific Area in WWII, Volume 2 pages 427-428
Allied Air Transport Operations South West Pacific Area in WWII - Volume One page 163-164, 428 (RAAF Air Transport Service, No. 33 Squadron... From January to September 1943, No. 33 Squadron remained at Berry Airfield (12 Mile), Port Moresby, equipped with the De Haviland DH-84 Dragon, Avro Anson and Tiger Moth light transport aircraft, hauling freight and passengers mostly to the smaller aerodromes in Papua. The main effort were the runs to... Yule).
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January 15, 2019