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    Ngoro Airfield (Djombang South Airfield) East Java Indonesia
Location
Ngoro Airfield was located roughly in the center of eastern Java. Located to the north of the main road to Ngoro village and Wonosari village. Blimbing village was a few miles away. Known as "Ngoro Airfield" or "Djombang South Airfield". Prewar and during the Pacific War located in Netherlands East Indies (NEI). Today located in East Java Province (Propinsi Jawa Timur) in Indonesia.

Construction
Previously, this area was planted as a sugar cane field. Built prewar by the Dutch with two intersecting runways that was completed by August 4, 1937. Later, additional land was purchased as of February 8, 1938 expanding approaches to the runways. No. 1 runway was 990 yards, with cleared approaches at each end running roughly NNE-SSW. No. 2 runway was 1155 yards, with cleared approaches running roughly east to west. Three revetments for bombers were located at the cross of the two runways. Twelve fighter revetments were located south of the No. 2 runway and a barracks area hidden in native village.

Ngoro Airfield was a secret airfield concealed with bush used as camouflage that folded down when an airplane landed, then snapped up afterwards. Javanese laborers also dug small trenches crisis crossed over the runways to hide their outline from aerial observation.

Wartime History
On January 16, 1942 P-40E Warhawk piloted by Walt Coss followed a Dutch Tigermoth from Perak Airfield to Ngoro Airfield, to survey it for use by American pursuit fighters.

In early 1942 during the Java campaign used by the U.S. Army Air Force (USAAF) 17th Pursuit Squadron (17th PS) flying the P-40E Warhawk with officers billeted in nearby Blimbing village.

American units based at Ngoro
24th PG, 17th PS (P-40E Warhawk) 1942

On February 16, 1942 sixteen P-40E Warhawks took off from Ngoro on a mission to escort bombers attacking the Japanese invasion force off Bali.

P-40E "Colleen" Tail 6
Pilot Hayes force landed February 20, 1942

References
Index to Air Bases - Research Report No. 85, I.G. No 9185 - July 30, 1944 (Djombang)
Every Day A Nightmare (2010) pages 91, 92 (map), 95 (map Java), 181 (photo) 247, 250, 259 (photo)
"Also known as Ngoro or Blimbing after neighboring villages. Originally one NE/SW runway of 3000' approx and a roughly EW runway of 3400'. Cut form jungle and surrounded by rain trees to camouflage it. No evidence remains of the strip, but the surrounding road network connecting the runways, revetments and barrack area are still obvious."

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Last Updated
February 16, 2021

 

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