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    Babo (Kampung Babo) West Papua Province Indonesia
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USAAF 1944

Location
Lat 2° 32' 60S Long 133° 25' 0E  Babo is located on the southern shore of Bentuni Bay inside Maccluer Gulf in western New Guinea. Known as "Kampung Babo" in Indonesia. Today, Babo is located in Teluk Bintuni Regency in West Papua Province (Papua Barat, West Irian Jaya) in Indonesia.

Babo Airfield
Prewar airfield built by the Dutch. Occupied by the Japanese until the end of the war. Today it is still in use for local flights.

Wartime History
Two jettys were located to the east of the airstrip, on the Kasira River. The area around the airfield and vicinity included troop, dump and airfield support areas.

Japanese and Allied missions against Babo
December 30, 1941 - November 5, 1944

P-38J Lightning 42-104359
Pilot Hasty crashed June 5, 1944

P-38J Lightning 43-28516
Pilot Campbell MIA June 3, 1944

References
Pub. 164 Sailing Direction (Enroute) New Guinea page 118

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August 25, 2018

 

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