Jacquinot Bay Airport
|Jacquinot Bay Airport|
|Location||Jacquinot Bay, Papua New Guinea|
|Elevation AMSL||210 ft / 64 m|
Jacquinot Bay Airport (IATA: JAQ, ICAO: AYJB) is an airport near Jacquinot Bay in the East New Britain Province on the island of New Britain in Papua New Guinea. The airstrip was liberated by the Australian Army in 1944, and an airstrip was built by 1945. There is no scheduled airline service.
World War II
The Jacquinot Bay area was liberated by the Australian Army on 4 November 1944. The 2/3 Railway Construction Company and the 17th Field Company RAE began construction of an airfield and in February 1945, No. 1 Airfield Construction Squadron expanded the base. The airfield had a single coral 100 by 6,100 feet (30 m × 1,859 m) runway.
Royal Australian Air Force units based here included:
- No. 79 Squadron operating Mark VIII Spitfires
- No. 18 (NEI) Squadron operating North American B-25 Mitchell from February-June 1945
Royal New Zealand Air Force units based here included:
- No. 2 Squadron operating Lockheed Venturas from June–September 1945
- No. 16 Squadron operating F4Us from August–October 1945
- No. 19 Squadron operating F4Us from June–October 1945
- No. 20 Squadron operating F4Us from May–August 1945
- No. 21 Squadron operating F4Us from May–July 1945
- Airport information for Jacquinot Bay, Papua-New Guinea (JAQ) at Great Circle Mapper.
- PNG Airstrip Guide. August 2005.
- Netherlands East Indies Air Force in Australia During World War 2.
- Ross, 1955, p. 322
- Ross, 1955, p. 326
- Ross, 1955, p. 328
- "Douglas C-47A-25-DK". Aviation Safety network. Retrieved 17 June 2013.
- Ross, John (1993) . Royal New Zealand Air Force. Official History of New Zealand in the Second World War 1939–45. Nashville: Battery Press. ISBN 0898391873.
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