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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 secert airfield conceled 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) as as a fighter base with officers billeted in nearby Blimbing village.

On February 16, 1942, sixteen P-40s 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
Every Day A Nightmare pages 91, 92 (map), 181 (photo) 247, 250, 259 (photo)

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Last Updated
January 13, 2021

 

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