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5th AF Sept 6, 1943
RAAF Dec 21, 1943
Phil Bradley 2001
Lat 5° 27' 44S Long 150° 24' 18E Hoskins Airfield is located at an elevation of 40' above sea level near Gavuvu on Cape Hoskins on the north coast of New Britain. The northwest end borders Stettin Bay. To the southwest is Gavuvu. During the Pacific War, known to the Japanese as "Gabubu Airfield" or "Gavuvu Airfield" for the nearby Gavuvu. Known to the Allies as Hoskins Airfield or Cape Hoskins Airfield. Prewar and during the Pacific War located located in the Territory of New Guinea. Still in use today as Hoskins Airport located in West New Britain Province in Papua New Guinea (PNG). Also known as simply "Hoskins".
Built by the Japanese as a single runway measuring 4,000' lin length (as of October 18, 1943) and the northwest edge borders Stettin Bay. The southwest side of the runway had the control tower plus taxiways and thirty fighter revetments. Hoskin Airfield was defended by anti-aircraft guns.
Used by the Japanese as a military airfield by the Imperial Japanese Navy (IJN) for fighters and bombers.
American missions against Hoskins Airfield
September 19, 1943–March 26, 1944
World War II Pacific Theatre History
Used as a forward Japanese airfield. Attacked by Allied aircraft during late 1943 until March 1944. In early May 1944 captured by U. S. Marines. Several Japanese aircraft were captured relatively intact at the airfield including D3A2 Val Tail 82-224 and D4Y1 Judy Tail 01-070.
Still used today as Hoskins Airport classifed as a small airport by Air Niugini to provide air service to the Kimbe area of Western New Britain Province with connecting flights to Tokua Airport. Airport codes: ICAO: AYHK, IATA: HKN. The single runway 30/12 measuring 5,212' x 98' (1,585m x 30m).
During early August 2002, Hoskins Airport was temporarily closed due to the eruption of a nearby volcano. Reportedly work was done to survey Talasea Airfield as an alternate landing ground for the area but it was never implemented. After the eruption, Hoskins Airport was undamaged and remains in use to this day.
NAC - Hoskins Airport
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