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Takaura 2000

Lat 4° 6' 0" S Long 122° 26' 0" E  Kendari Airfield is located near Kendari on the southeastern corner of Celebes (Sulawesi). Also known as Kendari II.

Built by the Dutch prior to the war.

Wartime History
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 Japanese Navy fighters and bombers during the Java campaign and the remainder of the Pacific War.

Japanese units based at Kendari
3rd Kokutai (C5M2, A6M2)

American missions against Kendari
January 28, 1942 - February 16, 1945

B-25J Mitchell Serial Number 43-27979
Pilot Magnum crashed January 11, 1945 on a ridge west of the airfield

One of the two Kundari Airfields is still in use today.

Fortress Against The Sun pages 96
Thanks to Takaura for additional information.

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June 10, 2019


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