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    Tami Airfield (Tami Drome) Jayapura Regency | Papua Province Indonesia
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5th AF March 21, 1944
Tami Airfield was located at Tami on the north coast of western New Guinea. To the north was Skomabo village and to the west Tami River. 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 Jayapura Regency in Papua Province in Indonesia.

Built by the Japanese with a 4,800' single runway (as of March 21, 1944). There are no known Japanese operations from this strip. It reached serviceable condition, but was not fully in use prior to April 1944.

Wartime History
Two Alamo scout teams entered the area on D+2 (April 24, 1944) a sizable party of missionaries and Japanese prisoners was liberated at nearby Goya nearby, and were questioned and evacuated. On April 27 1944, reinforcements of the G Company of the 162nd Infantry arrived to clear the area. Security was established for engineering units found it more or less complete by Japanese standards.

The U.S. Army finished construction of the airfield. On May 1 1944, enemy snipers became very active and additional US forces cleared the area with vigorous paroling. By May 3, 1944 a 3,800' runway was completed and ready for use by C-47s. The wreckage of at least one Japanese aircraft was present at the strip [radio recovered].

American Usage
It was extended to 4000' and used extensively for cargo C-47 operation, at its height several hundred take offs and landings per day to bring in cargo prior to the repair of Hollandia Airfield. Due to its swampy location further development was abandoned.

Disused since World War II.

Thanks to Richard Dunn for additional information.

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Last Updated
April 7, 2020


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