Lat 0° 22' 0" S Long 132° 11' 30" E Middleburg Airfield is located on Middleburg Island spans the length of the island. Located to the north of Sansapor on the north coast of New Guinea. Also known as Middleburg Island Airfield, Middleburg Drome, Klenso Drome.
Built by the
U. S. Army as a
single runway and became fully operational on August 15, 1944.
On August 14, 1944
the first fighter aircraft landed followed by F-7A "Patched Up Piece" 42-64047 with the no. 4 engine
shut down after aborting a mission. Afterwards, based P-38 Lightnings from the 347th Fighter Group including the 67th Fighter Squadron, 68th Fighter Squadron and 339th Fighter Squadron.
American units based at Middleburg
198th Anti-Aircraft C Battery 1944
347th FG 67th FS (P-38) Russell Aug 15, 44 - Feb 12,
347th FG, 68th FS (P-38) Torokina August 17, 1944 - ?
339th FS (P-38) Sansapor September 19, 1944 - February 13, 1945 Morotai
George T. Reed recalls:
"I was in the 5th Army Airways Communications System (AACS),
under Col. Nichols HQ Brisbane, and was "sent" up
to Sansapor. I was on the island the moment the first plane
landed. I think it was a P-38. We had a few raids when the
moon was full. Zero's and Bettys. I positively remember the
construction of the landing strip and when the first plane
landed. All was quiet until about October 1944 when the first
Japs came over. I would like to communicate with any one who
was on Sansapor or Middleburg. I was NCOIC (T/SGT) in charge
of 33 men with mission to establish AACS radio station on the
island. I was operating the station one night when the shrapnel
went through the radio shack. This was on the south side of
Airdromes Guide Southwest Pacific Area - 1 July 1945
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October 23, 2019