10° 10' 18S 123° 40' 16E Poeloeti Airfield is located near Poeloeti in the southwest of West Timor on Timor Island in East Nusa Tenggara (Nusa Tenggara Timur) in Indonesia. Known to the Allies as "Penfui" other spellings include Penfoei, Poeloeti, Pulutih, Poeloeti, Poeloetih and Puluti. Today, known as El Tari Airport.
Prewar airfield used by the RAAF and headquarters of the 2/40th Battalion during 1941-1942. Australian troops evacuated the area during late January 1942.
Occupied by the Japanese and used by as a base for bombers and fighters. Used as a forward airfield for attacks on Australia including Darwin and Drysdale.
Allied missions against Poeloeti Airfield (Penfui)
December 2, 1944 - August 2, 1944
During September 1945, Poeloeti Airfield was occupied by "TIMFORCE" and established their headquarters at the airfield. The runway was repaired and used by the RAAF as a transit point for aircraft en route to Australia. The Australians captured a 7.2mm anti-aircraft gun, damaged hangers and buildings, operation post and radar intact.
On October 2, 1945 Lt. General Yamada commander of the Japanese Army 48th Division arrived at the airfield aboard a Ki-21 Sally and landed at the airfield attend the official surrender ceremony for Japanese forces in the area. On landing, the aircraft's right undercarriage collapsed but none of the crew were wounded.
Still in use today as El Tari Aiport a dual military and civilian airport. The airport has two runways: The first is oriented 5/07 and meausres 8,202' x 148' surfaced with asphalt. The second runway is oriented 30/12 and measures 4,175' x 210' surfaced with graded earth. Airport codes: ICAO: WATT IATA: KOE.
Lockheed Hudson A16-79
Pilot Cuming crashed January 20, 1942
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April 7, 2020