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US Army April 5, 1944
Justin Taylan 2003
Lat 9° 30' 55S Long 147° 2' 54E Fishermans Airfield is located parallel to the northern coast of Fishermans Island (Daugo Island), along the western portion of the island, to the south of Port Moresby off the southern coast of New Guinea. Also known as "Fishermans Island Airfield" or "Fishermans Island Emergency Landing Group (ELS)".
During 1944 the Royal Australian Air Force (RAAF) built a single runway at this location as an emergency strip. To build the runway, the vegetation was cleared and the ground leveled.
During 1944-1945, used as an emergency airfield. On June 10, 1944 during bad weather, C-47A Dakota 42-100628 force landed next to the runway, everyone aboard survived but three nurses aboard were injured.
This airfield was disused at the end of the war. In 1957, reopened as a single runway. Airport code: IATA: DGG. Fishermans Airfield was closed again in 1984. There was an aviation Non-Directional Beacon (NDB) installed at this location but it was later removed. During the 1980s, a Beechcraft King Air made an emergency landing at Fishermans Airfield then took off again.
Little remains of the landing strip, aside from the flat, cleared area. Two wartime bunkers in the middle of the island remain. The strip has been disused since the war, but was reopened in 1957 and then closed again in 1984.
RAAF Officer's Quarters
Remains of building frames on the island.
Thanks to Bob Piper and Keith Hopper for additional information
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