Lat 0° 25' 11S Long 132° 11' 19E Sansapor Airfield (Mar Drome) is located on the north coast of western New Guinea. To the west is Mar and Sansapor. Offshore to the north is Middleburg Island. Prewar and during the Pacific War, located in Dutch New Guinea (DNG) in the Netherlands East Indies (NEI). Between 1963-2007 part of Irian Jaya. Today located in Tambrauw Regency in West Papua Province in Indonesia.
Built by the US Army 1896th Battalion after the American landing at Sansapor. Also known as Mar Drome, for Mar, another village located nearby. Construction crews worked 24 hours a day to clear the jungle and swamp and build a crushed coral runway with an asphalt seal, with marston matting in the center of the runway. Designated APO 159 by the U. S. Army.
American units based at Sansapor (Mar)
18th FG, HQ Hollandia November 8, 44 returns Jan 10-13, 45 Lingayen
18th FG, 12th FS (P-38s) Hollandia (det Wama Nov 8, 44- Jan 10, 45) - Jan 13, 45 Lingayen
18th FS, 70th FS (P-38) Aug 23, 1944 - Jan 19, 1945 Lingayen
18th FS, 12th FS (P-38) Aug 23, 1944 - Jan 13, 45 Lingayen
347th FG, 339th FS (P-38) Stirling August 15 - Sept 19, 44 Middleburg
347th FG HQ - Sept 19, 1944 Middleburg
4th PRG, 17th PRS (F-5 det) Fighter 2 October 13, 1944–November 5, 1944 Morotai
13th Fighter Command HQ Guad November 13, 44 - January 10, 45 Lingayen
86th FW HQ from Middleburg August 19, 44 - January 16, 45 Lingayen
18th FG, 12th FS (P-38) August 23, 1944
42nd BG, 75th BS (B-25) Hollandia Sept 14, 44 - February 23, 45 Morotai
42nd BG, 100th BS (B-25) Stirling August 24, 1944 / Hollandia September 14, 1944 - February 22, 1945 Morotai Mar 15, 1945 Puerto Princesa
42nd BG, 69th BS (B-25) Hollandia Sept 14, 44 - March 12, 45 Puerto Princesa
42nd BG, 70th BS (B-25) Hollandia Sept 14, 44 - March 12, 45 Puerto Princesa
42nd BG HQ Hollandia Sept 16, 44 - Feb 22, 45 Morotai
42nd BG, 75th BS Hollandia Sept 20, 44 - March 22, 45 Puerto Princesa
42nd BG, 390th BS ? - Feb 24, 45 to Morotai
Still in use today as
Mar Airport. Also known as Werur Airport or Bandar Udara Werur. Airport code: ICAO: WAJY.
Bulldozing the Way: New Guinea to Japan
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April 7, 2020