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    Dili Airfield (Presidente Nocolau Lobato Airport)  East Timor
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AWM Jan 16, 1946

Location
8° 32′ 47.59″ S, 125° 31′ 28.99″ E  Located near Dili.

Wartime History
Occupied by the Japanese during early 1942. Used by the Japanese Army Air Force (JAAF). During 1942-1944 bombed by Allied aircraft , destroying the hanger and workshop area.

American missions against Dili
June 30, 1942 - August 17, 1944

Occupied by the Japanese until their official surrender on September 11, 1945.

Today
Postwar, repaired. Known as "Comoro International Airport" or "Komoro International Airport".

After the September 1999 election where the population of East Timor voted for independence from Indonesia, the pro-Indonesian militia launched a campaign of arson, murder and destruction in Dili. On September, 20, 1999 the first Australian troops were deployed to Dili as part of the International Force for East Timor (INTERFET), to bring peace to East Timor under by a United Nations mandate. Peacekeeping forces occupied the airport and used the area as a base.

During May 2006 "Operation Astute" the airport was under the control of the Australian Defense Force (ADF). Upgraded to accommodate larger aircraft.

Today known as "Presidente Nocolau Lobato International Airport". The single asphalt sealed runway is oriented 08/26 and measures 6,065'. Airport code: IATA: DIL, ICAO: WPDL.

A-26 Invader
Parked at Dili Airport

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Last Updated
February 4, 2018

 

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