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    Nadzab Morobe Province Papua New Guinea (PNG)

Location
Lat 6° 32' 60S Long 146° 41' 60E  Nadzab is located in the Markam Valley, north of Lae. During 1910, a Lutheran mission station was established at Nadzab. Also known as "Nadzad".

Wartime History
During March 1942 the Nadzab area was occupied by the Japanese Army until earl September 1943.

American and Japanese missions against Nadzab
March 23, 1943 - November 9, 1943

On September 5, 1943, Nadzab was the site of the only Allied paratrooper assault on the mainland of New Guinea. Paratroopers from the US Army 503rd Parachute Infantry Regiment with the Australian Army 2/4th Field Gun with short barrel 25 pounders jumped over Nadzab. The drop was successful and met little Japanese resistance in the area.

Immediately, the area was developed into a major forward airfield and later a massive airbase and staging area for future operations in the region. The Nadzab airfield complex included five separate airstrips: Nadzab Airfield No. 1 in the middle, with Nadzab No. 2 to the south, closest to the Markham River. No. 3 strip was located on the northern side of the complex, while No. 4 Strip "Newton Strip" was located to the east and No. 5 Strip furthest to the north. The entire area was designated APO 713 (Nadzab).

Nadzab No. 1 Airfield (No. 1 Strip, East Base)
Two parallel runways (No. 1 & No. 2) Built by the US Army

Nadzab No. 2 Airfield (No. 2 Strip, East Base)
Two parallel runways (No. 1 & No. 2) Built by the US Army

Nadzab No. 3 Airfield (Fighter Strip)
Furthest north in the Nadzab airfield complex

Nadzab No. 4 Airfield (Newton Field)
Nearest to the village of Nadzab, primarily used by the RAAF

Nadzab No. 5 Airfield
Located to the north of "east base" and No. 3 Strip to the north

Narakapor Airfield
Prewar airfield at Narakapor Plantation

117th Station Hospital
US Army hospital, at its height in 1944 Mayo as the chief surgeon.

A-20G "Crap Shooter" Serial Number 42-54155
Pilot Adroetti crashed October 1, 1944

A-20G Havoc Serial Number 42-86717
Pilot Campagna crashed October 1, 1944

Vultee Vengence A27-83
Pilot Pike force landed February 27, 1944

B-25D "How's Your Ole' Tomato" 41-30664
Pilot Finnegan crashed March 13, 1944

P-47D Thunderbolt Serial Number 42-22949
Pilot Wurtz crashed May 5, 1945

Nadzab Cemetery
US Army cemetery established at Nadzab during the war. Postwar, all burials were exhumed and transported to the United States or Manila American Cemetery.

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Last Updated
July 25, 2017

 

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