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    Penrhyn Airfield  Cook Islands

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Pat Tasker 2009

Location
Located at the southern end of the island, the runway nearly spans the width of the island. Also known as 'Penrhyn Island Airfield'.

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

Wartime Usage
This airfield was part of the 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 Wreckage
Wreckage abandoned at the airfield

References
Armed Forces In World War II page 183-184

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Last Updated
December 30, 2013

 

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