Gusap Airport

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Gusap Airport
  • IATA: GAP
  • ICAO: AYGP
  • LID:
    GusapAirport is located in Papua New Guinea
    GusapAirport
    Gusap
    Airport
    Gusap
    Airport (Papua New Guinea)
Summary
Airport type Public
Location Gusap, Papua New Guinea
Elevation AMSL 1,450 ft / 442 m
Coordinates 06°03′12.93″S 145°57′37.23″E / 6.0535917°S 145.9603417°E / -6.0535917; 145.9603417
Runways
Direction Length Surface
ft m
03/21 5,250 1,600 Grass
Source: World Aero Data [1]

Gusap Airport is a general aviation airport in Morobe Province, Papua New Guinea. (IATA: GAP) located at the base of the Finisterre Range. It has no scheduled commercial airline service.

History[edit]

Gusap Airport was built by US Army engineers of the 871st, 872nd and 875th Airborne Aviation Engineer Battalions during World War II, and was developed into major base consisting of ten airstrips and numerous facilities for fighters and light bombers of the Fifth Air Force. Later during the war, the airfield was also a base for Royal Australian Air Force aircraft. The base was built around eight grass runways, with 180 revetments in the complex. The airstrip at Gusap "paid for itself many times over in the quantity of Japanese aircraft, equipment and personnel destroyed by Allied attack missions projected from it."[1]

Allied units assigned to Gusap Airfield[edit]

Headquarters, 386th, 387th, 388th, 389th Bomb Squadrons, A-20 Havoc
Headquarters, 39th, 41st Fighter Squadrons, P-47 Thunderbolt
Headquarters, 7th, 8th, 9th Fighter Squadrons, P-40 Warhawk (1943), P-47 Thunderbolt (1944)

See also[edit]

Notes[edit]

  1. ^ Casey 1951, pp. 171–172

References[edit]

 This article incorporates public domain material from the Air Force Historical Research Agency website http://www.afhra.af.mil/.

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