Kahili Airfield

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Kahili Airfield
Buin, Bougainville Island
Zuikaku Zeros at Buin 1943 B.jpg
A6Ms from the Carrier Zuikaku at Kahili in 1943
Coordinates 06°43′48.27″S 155°41′1.13″E / 6.7300750°S 155.6836472°E / -6.7300750; 155.6836472
Type Military Airfield
Site information
Controlled by Imperial Japanese Navy Air Service
Condition abandoned
Site history
Built 1942
In use 1942-45
Materials coral and bitumen
Battles/wars Operation I-Go
Bougainville Campaign

Kahili Airfield, also known as Buin Airfield, was an airfield located near Buin, Bougainville Island, Papua New Guinea.


The airfield was constructed by the Imperial Japanese Navy Air Service in November 1942. The airfield was later neutralized by Allied air bombing from 1943 and was abandoned after the cessation of hostilites.

Japanese Units based at Kahili Airfield included:

  • 11th Air Fleet
  • 201st Kokutai (A6M Zero)
  • 204th Kokutai (A6M Zero)
  • 582nd Kokutai (D3A Val)
  • Hiyo Detachment (A6M Zero)

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