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    Tarakan Airfield (Juwata Airport) North Kalimantan Province | Borneo Indonesia
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Location
Lat 3° 19' 36N Long 117° 33' 56E  Tarakan Airfield is located at 20' above sea level the west of Tarakan on Tarakan Island offshore Borneo. Prewar and during the Pacific War, part of the Netherlands East Indies (NEI). Today located in North Kalimantan Province in Indonesia.

Wartime History
During 1942 occupied by the Japanese. Used as a military airfield by the Imperial Japanese Navy (IJN) fighters and bombers. Starting in early January 1942 bombed by U. S. aircraft then again starting in late November 1944 until liberated on May 1, 1945.

Japanese units at Tarakan
Tainan Kōkūtai (A6M2 Zero detachment) Tainan January 16, 1942

American missions against Tarakan
January 7, 1942–June 12, 1945

On May 1, 1945 the Australian Army liberated Tarakan and Tarakan Airfield as part of Operation Oboe 1. Between April 1945 to June 1945 repaired for use by Royal Australian Air Force (RAAF) No. 1 Airfield Construction Squadron and No. 10 Airfield Construction Squadron that worked to fill bomb craters and repair the runway and airfield area.

On June 28, 1945 the first RAAF aircraft arrived including P-40N Kittyhawks from No. 75 Squadron with P-40N A29-1019 suffering a landing gear failure and was repaired.

use by the Allies until the end of the Pacific War.

Allied units based at Tarakan Airfield
Royal Australian Air Force (RAAF)

No. 452 Squadron (Spitfire) Pitu June 29, 1945–September 1945

Today
Still in use today as Tarakan Airfield as a small airport. Also known as Juwata Airport or Juwata International Airport. The single runway is oriented 24/06 measures 6,045' x 95' surfaced with asphalt. Airport codes: ICAO: WALR IATA: TRK.

G4M1 Betty
Abandoned or shot down by anti-aircraft fire near Tarakan Airfield

References
Index to Air Bases - Research Report No. 85, I.G. No 9185 - July 30, 1944
Australian War Memorial (AWM) 'I didn't think it would be like this' interview with James Cronk, RAAF

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June 28, 2020

 

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