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    Penrhyn Airfield  Cook Islands

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Pat Tasker 2009

Location
Located at the southern end of Penrhyn Island in the Cook Islands. The runway nearly spans the width of the island. Also known as "Penrhyn Island Airfield".

Construction
Built by the Americans, completed during late 1942 or early 1943.

Wartime Usage
Penrhyn Airfield was part of the aerial ferry route from Hawaii to Fiji. Also used by the Pacific Wing ATC (Air Transport Command) C-87s flying the "milk run" to deliver mail and supplies until August 1944, when the run was instead covered by the US Navu.

Today
Still in use today as the atoll's only airfield. Airport code: PYE.

B-24D Liberator
Wreckage abandoned at the airfield

References
Armed Forces In World War II page 183-184

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Last Updated
May 3, 2016

 

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