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    Amahai Airfield Maluku Province (Provinsi Maluku) Indonesia
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December 21, 1943

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Richard Leahy 1994
Location
Lat 3° 20' 53S Long 128° 55' 34E  Amahai Airfield is located on Amahai Island in the Molucca Islands (Maluku). Also known as "Amahai Drome". To the south is Seram (Ceram). Prewar and during the Pacific War located in the Netherlands East Indies (NEI). Today located in Maluku Province (Provinsi Maluku) in Indonesia.

Wartime History
Used by the Japanese as a wartime airfield. Between December 1943 until December 1944 attacked by Allied aircraft and neutralized from the air. Occupied by the Japanese until the official surrender of Japan in September 1945.

American missions against Amahai
December 21, 1943–December 13, 1944

On July 28. 1944 near Amahai, Charles A. Lindbergh was flying a P-38J Lightning as an 'observer' with the 475th Fighter Group "Satan's Angels" (475th FG), 433rd FS and shot down a Ki-51 Sonia piloted by Shimada during a head on pass.

Today
Still in use today as Amahai Airport. Airport codes: ICAO: WAPA, IATA: AHI.

References
Index to Air Bases - Research Report No. 85, I.G. No 9185 - July 30, 1944

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