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    Samate Airfield (Semate) West Papua Province Indonesia
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90th BG April 1944
Location
Lat 0° 58' 0" S Long 131° 3' 0" E  Samate Airfield is located at Samate (Semate) on the northeast tip of Salawati Island in the Raja. Also known as Samate Drome or Semate. One of the most western Japanese airstrips in New Guinea. To the east four miles away is Jefman Airfield (Efman). Prewar and during the Pacific War located in the Netherlands East Indies (NEI). Today located in Raja Ampat Regency in West Papua Province (West Irian Jaya) of Indonesia.

Construction
Built by the Japanese as a single runway near the coast.

Wartime History
Japanese aircraft, sometimes flown from as far away as Celebes were flown to Samate Airfield then took off to attack American forces after they occupied Biak in May 1944.

American missions against Samate
June 16, 1944–October 31, 1944

Today
Disused since the Pacific War.

References
Index to Air Bases - Research Report No. 85, I.G. No 9185 - July 30, 1944

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