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    Tarakan Airfield (Juwata Airport) North Kalimantan Province | Borneo Indonesia
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5th AF Nov 26, 1944

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Morris June 28, 1945

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 until May 1, 1945. Used as a military airfield by the Imperial Japanese Navy (IJN).

Japanese units at Tarakan
Tainan Kokutai (A6M2 Zero) Tainan Jan 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) aircraft 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
Tarakan Airfield is still in use today as a small airport. Airport codes: ICAO: WALR IATA: TRK. Also known as Juwata Airport.

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

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Last Updated
November 17, 2019

 

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