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USAAF April 12, 1944
USAAF April 12, 1944
Lat 2° 34' 37S 140° 30' 59E Cyclops Airfield is located to at Cyclops inland from Hollandia (Jayapura) on the north coast of western New Guinea. Also known as "Cyclops Airdrome", "Cyclops Drome" or "Cyclops Strip". Prewar and during the Pacific War located in Dutch New Guinea (DNG) in the Netherlands East Indies (NEI). Between 1963-2007 part of Irian Jaya. Today located in the Jayapura Regency in Papua Province in Indonesia.
To the north was the Depopre-Aerodrome Track, today a sealed road known as Jalan Raya Airport Sentani (Sentani Airport Highway) and further to the north was the Cyclops Mountains. To the east is Hollandia (Jayapura) and to the south is Lake Sentani. To the southwest is Sentani Airfield roughly 3/4 of a mile away and further to the west is Hollandia Airfield.
Built by the Japanese Army as a single runway with taxiways.
Used by the Japanese Army Air Force (JAAF) as a fighter strip. Attacked by American aircraft until neutralized by late April 1944.
On April 26, 1944 captured by the U.S. Army 41st Infantry Division, 186th Infantry Regiment. Captured along the runway were several largely intact Japanese aircraft including: Ki-43-II Oscar 33rd Sentai, Ki-43-II Oscar 77th Sentai and Ki-43-II Oscar 59th Sentai (Racoon Special / XJ004).
Afterwards, the runway was deemed serviceable for light planes only, with the
possibility for further expansion. Rapidly, the runway was repaired.
On May 21, 1944 the 84th Airdrome Squadron took over operations of Cyclops Drome and maintained sole operations of that field until June 20, 1944 when they were also given responsibility for Sentani Drome. The group remained in charge of day to day operations and maintenance at these both fields until November 1, 1944.
American units based at Cyclops
By July 1, 1945 Cyclops Drome was listed as a reserved military airfield and the tower not manned. A portion of the runway measuring 2,500' remained in fairly good condition only suitable for transport aircraft. The rest of the runway was described as being in very poor condition.
Strine visited Cyclops Airfield in the
Area Map July 1945
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