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USAAF May 15, 1944
Lat 0° 53' 30S Long 134° 2' 57E Manokwari Airfield is located to the southwest of Manokwari on the eastern end of the Vogelkop Peninsula. Borders Dore Bay to the east and off shore is Weppi Island and Mansinairo Island. Today located in the Manokwari Regency of West Papua Province in Indonesia.
Built by the Japanese as a single runway parallel to the coast with taxiways and revetments.
Used by the Japanese as a military airfield. Between May 1943 until late October 1944 attacked by Allied bombers and fighters.
American missions against Manokwari
May 1, 1943–October 24, 1944
Still in use today as Manokwari Airport or Rendani Airport. Airport codes: ICAO: WASR, IATA: MKW. The single runway is oriented 35/17 and measures 6,576' x 95' surfaced with asphalt.
Bruce Fenstermaker adds:
"There are buried jeeps, trucks etc there. I spent about 3-4 days there [in mid-1990s]. If I remember when Elliott Smock went there he was not permitted to go any further than the harbor dock because of problems. There are landing craft 3+ miles to the north west on the beach also."
May 15, 1944
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