Lat 10° 10' 0S Long 148° 41' 60E Abau Airfield is located on Abau Island off the southern coast of New Guinea. Today, located in Central Province in Papua New Guinea (PNG).
During the middle of 1942, a single runway was constructed for light aircraft. Codenamed "Boston".
On December 12, 1942 two Americans Pfc Thomas and Pvt Butler who survived the crash of C-47 "Flying Dutchman" 41-18564 on November 10, 1942 were flown out of Abau Airfield aboard a light aircraft to Port Moresby.
Still in use today as a small airport known as Abau Airport. Airport code: IATA: ABW.
The Private War of the Spotters page 47
"A move was made from Robinson River station to Abau Island by spotters Hannah and Marsh. Hannah reported: 'It was about this time that we started making an air strip on the island suitable for use by small planes."
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November 8, 2018