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
Coordinates06°43′48.27″S 155°41′1.13″E / 6.7300750°S 155.6836472°E / -6.7300750; 155.6836472
TypeMilitary Airfield
Site information
Controlled byImperial Japanese Navy Air Service
Site history
In use1942-45
Materialscoral and bitumen
Battles/warsOperation 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 hostilities.

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)

See also[edit]


  • Odgers, George (1968). Volume II – Air War Against Japan, 1943–1945. Australia in the War of 1939–1945. Canberra: Australian War Memorial. Retrieved 18 May 2011.

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