inland of Awar Plantaion, between Condor Point and Awar
Point along Hansa Bay. To the south are Old Nubia Airfield and Nubia
Airfield (Hansa South).
Built by the
Japanese, this airfield was a single runway 4,000' x 180'. A single taxiway look ran the length of the
runway, several heavy AA batteries were loacted
near Condor Point. It was a refueling base or "operational airfield" for the Japanese Army Air Force.
Japanese Units Based At Awar
208th Sentai (Ki-48) November 1943
248th Sentai (Ki-43) November 1943 a refueling base
Only one 248th pilot landed there in
November 1943. He apparently left his a/c behind because
he was hospitalized at Wewak 4 days later. Allied photo
coverage but in late Dec 43 only 3 fighters were spotted
on each. Thanks to Richard Dunn's Hansa
Bay History for
additional historicial information.
American Missions Against Awar
August 25, 1943 - May 4, 1944
The airfield area was occupied by Australian Army on June 14, 1944.
RAAF Use as Emergency Strip
There are at least two instances of RAAF aircraft landing at Awar Airfield: Boomerang A46-138 on June 27, 1944 and Boomerang A46-??? on February 9, 1945.
On June 27, 1944, a Boomerang A46-138 piloted by F/O N. L. Oliver, 436020 attempted an
emergency landing at Awar, but collided with a deralict aircraft on the overgrown
runway and crashed and burned.
On February 9, 1945 Boomerang A46-??? code QE-A flown by F/L C.A. Phillips was flying a tactical reconnassnace
mission over the Sepik. Returning its engine began to overheat. He successfully landed
at Awar, and his plane was guarded by members of the 5th Australian Division,
30th Battalion (Sepik Force). After two days, an engine fitter from 4 Squadron was flown to the airfield to repair it oil cooler, and its fuel tank was topped off with abandoned Japanese aviation gas!
was abandonded after the war. It was put back into civilian
air service to the Hansa Bay area until 1982 when abandoned again.
Disused since 1982 and overgrown
with kunai grass.
Justin Taylan adds:
"There is little evidence of
any bombing, probably because it was cleaned
up and used until 1982. Locals talked about another
engine in the kunai grass but we were unable to locate
John Douglas adds:
"We found two revetments on the other side of the Awar
strip, built for bombers."
Ki-49-II Helen Manufacture Number 3342
Damaged on the ground at Awar
Bay History by Richard Dun for additional information.
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July 31, 2011