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    Nadzab No. 3 Airfield (Fighter Strip, Texter Field) Morobe Province PNG

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475th FG Nov 1943

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5th AF, c1944

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Ray Fairfield 1972

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Justin Taylan 2003

Location
Located in the Markam Valley at Nadzab, due east of the Erap River northwet of Lae. This strip was furthest north of all the Nadzab area airstrips, it is located to the north of Nadzab No. 5 Strip. Also known as "Fighter Strip" or "Strip No. 3" or "Texter Field".

Construction
This airfield was proposed by January 31, 1944. Built by the US Army, the runway ran approximately east to west.  Taxiways connected it to No. 5 and the main Nadzab runways, and extensive revetments were located around the runway. Operational as of April 1944.

Wartime Usage
Used as a fighter strip. Designated U. S. Army APO 713 (Nadzab).

American units based at Nadzab No 3
431st FS (P-38) North Embi Airfield (Dobodura No 12) March 26, 1944 - ? Biak

Today
Disused since the war, the runway, taxiways and hardstands are still visible from the air.

Richard Leahy adds:
"The lines in the ground visible from the air are not slit trenches, but scoops for gravel removed to build the runway.  All that ground there is gravel."

References
Engineers in Theater Operations [Pacific] "Advance Area Airdromes 31 January 1944", Map No. 24

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