Oro Bay Airfield

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Oro Bay (Cape Sudest) Airfield
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Part of Fifth Air Force
Located in Oro Province, Papua New Guinea
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Oro Bay Base - December 1943
Oro Bay Airfield is located in Papua New Guinea
Oro Bay Airfield
Oro Bay Airfield
Coordinates 08°40′16.37″S 148°24′42.44″E / 8.6712139°S 148.4117889°E / -8.6712139; 148.4117889Coordinates: 08°40′16.37″S 148°24′42.44″E / 8.6712139°S 148.4117889°E / -8.6712139; 148.4117889
Type Military airfield
Site information
Controlled by United States Army Air Forces
Site history
Built 1944
In use 1944

Oro Bay Airfield (also known as Cape Sudest Airfield) is a former World War II airfield in Oro Province, Papua New Guinea. The airfield was abandoned after the war and today is almost totally returned to its natural state.

History[edit]

Oro Bay Airfield was primarily an emergency landing field, although it was briefly used as a headquarters base for the 308th Bombardment Wing (1 February-2 July 1944) and as an operational airfield for the 417th Bombardment Group (28 January-4 February 1944) which flew A-20 Havocs. Operational squadrons assigned to the airfield were:

In addition, the 547th Night Fighter Squadron flew a night fighter variant of the P-38 Lightning and P-61 Black Widow from the airfield (5 September-6 October 1944).

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References[edit]

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

  • Maurer, Maurer (1983). Air Force Combat Units Of World War II. Maxwell AFB, Alabama: Office of Air Force History. ISBN 0-89201-092-4.
  • www.pacificwrecks.com

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