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American and Japanese missions against Nadzab
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)
Nadzab No. 2 Airfield (No. 2 Strip, East Base)
Nadzab No. 3 Airfield (Fighter Strip)
Nadzab No. 4 Airfield (Newton Field)
Nadzab No. 5 Airfield
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