Jacquinot Bay Airport

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Jacquinot Bay Airport
Airport type Public
Location Jacquinot Bay, Papua New Guinea
Elevation AMSL 210 ft / 64 m
Coordinates 5°39′09″S 151°30′25″E / 5.65250°S 151.50694°E / -5.65250; 151.50694
Jacquinot is located in Papua New Guinea
Location of airport in Papua-New Guinea
Direction Length Surface
m ft
16/34 1,715 5,627
Source:,[1] PNG Airstrip Guide[2]

Jacquinot Bay Airport (IATA: JAQICAO: 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[edit]

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:

Royal New Zealand Air Force units based here included:

Surrendered A6M5s at Jacquinot Bay, September 1945

Following the Japanese surrender several Japanese aircraft were flown from Vunakanau Airfield to Jacquinot Bay Airfield.


On 15 November 1945 an RAAF C-47 #13339 crashed into a mountain on a flight from Jacquinot Bay to Rabaul, all 28 passengers and crew were killed.[7]


The airport has one runway which measures 1,715 metres (5,627 ft) in length.[1]


  1. ^ a b Airport information for Jacquinot Bay, Papua-New Guinea (JAQ) at Great Circle Mapper.
  2. ^ PNG Airstrip Guide. August 2005.
  3. ^ Netherlands East Indies Air Force in Australia During World War 2.
  4. ^ Ross, 1955, p. 322
  5. ^ Ross, 1955, p. 326
  6. ^ a b c Ross, 1955, p. 328
  7. ^ "Douglas C-47A-25-DK". Aviation Safety network. Retrieved 17 June 2013. 

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