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5th AF March 12, 1944
5th AF March 20, 1944
Ray Fairfield 1966
Lat 6° 4' 54S Long 145° 23' 31E Goroka Airfield is located near Goroka (Garoka). Also known as "Garoka Airfield". Still in use today as Goroka Airport.
Built prewar by the Australian administration.
World War II Pacific Theatre History
In the middle of 1942 the single runway was grass surfaced measuring 950' x 10' x 5200' . Facilities included a government station, 100 man barracks, food and W. O. Upson based at the airfield. Could be lengthened 50 yards.
Later, the airfield was expanded by US Army engineers beginning on June 29, 1943. The engineer sections of Australian 2/2 and 2/7 Independent Companies supervised construction. A 600' single airstrip with dispersal bays was made operational in only seven days, with the help of 1,000 natives from the area.
Japanese missions against Goroka Airfield
July 30, 1943–September 2, 1943
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