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Lat 4° 4' 54S 122° 25' 6E Kendari Airfield is located at an elevation of 538' above sea level to the southwest of Kendari on the southeastern of Celebes Island (Sulawesi). Also known as Kendari II. Prewar and during the Pacific War located in the Netherlands East Indies (NEI). Today known in Southeast Sulawesi Province in Indonesia. Known as Kendari Airport and renamed Wolter Monginsidi Airport. During 2010 renamed Haluoleo Airport.
Built by the Dutch prior to the war.
On January 1, 1942 B-17D 40-3061 piloted by Captain Edwin B. Broadhurts landed at Kendari Airfield, reporting that the airfield had enough fuel and bombs to support U. S. Army Air Force (USAAF) bomber operations. Used by y B-17's as a forward staging base until the middle of January 1942.
During early February 1942, occupied by the Japanese and immediately repaired and put into use by the Imperial Japanese Navy (IJN) as a base for fighters and bombers during the Java campaign and for the remainder of the Pacific War.
Japanese units based at Kendari
Imperial Japanese Navy (IJN)
3rd Kokutai (C5M2, A6M2)
Attacked by Allied aircraft in early 1942 until the end of the Pacific War. Occupied by the Japanese until the official surrender of Japan in September 1945.
American missions against Kendari
B-25J Mitchell Serial Number 43-27979
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