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Stuckey January 7, 1944
Salternik March 12, 1944
Richard Leahy 1999
Justin Taylan 2003
Faita Airfield is located at Faita to the north of the Ramu River. Pronounced "Fai-Ta". Also known as "Faita Field". Today located in Madang Province in Papua New Guinea (PNG).
Built by the Allies and used as an emergency airfield, and by light aircraft. During the war, at least two American aircraft force landed here after sustaining damage in combat.
World War II Pacific Theatre History
During February 1944, the Australian Army 2/2 Australian Cavalry Commando Squadron was based at Faita, living in native huts and patrolling the area. During the middle of 1944, the Australian Army established a spotters station at Faita manned by Len Couchman, Cyril Beale and "Shorty" McPhail.
On March 12, 1944 survivors of the "Flack Incident" including Americans 1st Lt. Nelson D. Flack, Jr., MSgt Eugene A. Salternik, SSgt James D. Nichols and Australian commando Lt. Hector Hestbridge were flown aboard a RAAF Walrus from Faita Airfield to Gusap Airfield.
During July 1944, seven P-38 Lightnings from the CRTC (Combat Replacement Training Center) landed at Faita Airfield due to bad weather and low on fuel. P-38H 42-66841 piloted by Lt. Wolgemuth force landed and was written off. Afterwards, a RAAF C-47 Dakota was flown to Faita with drums of fuel to refuel the Lightnings and the six other P-38s took off successfully, followed by the C-47.
Justin Taylan adds:
B-24D "Bunny Hop / Flying Wolf" 42-41091
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