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RAAF April 9, 1945
RAAF July 3, 1945
RNZAF August 18, 1945
Lat 5° 36' 30" S Long 151° 31' 30" E Jacquinot Bay Airfield is located at an elevation of 136' above sea level on Palmalmal Plantation bordering Jacquinot Bay on the southern coast of New Britain. To the north is Manginuna. Also know as "Jacquinot Bay" or "Jacquinot Bay Drome" or "Jacquinot Bay Field". Prewar and during the Pacific War located in the Territory of New Guinea. Today located in East New Britain Province in Papua New Guinea (PNG).
During August 1944 the Jacquinot Bay area was liberated by the Australian Army 6th Brigade. At the prewar Palmalmal Plantation, 2/3 Railway Construction Company and the 17th Field Company RAE began construction of a single runway at this location oriented SSE to NNW. During February 1945, Royal Australian Air Force (RAAF) No. 1 Airfield Construction Squadron expanded the runway to 6,100' x 100' surfaced with crushed coral.
Jacquinot Bay Airfield was used by both the Royal Australian Air Force (RAAF) and Royal New Zealand Air Force (RNZAF) fighters and bombers.
In May 1945, the Royal New Zealand Air Force (RNZAF) fighters and bombers. arrived including two squadrons of Corsairs and one of Ventures.
RAAF Units based
at Jacquinot Bay
based at Jacquinot Bay
By July 1945, the airfield offered limited facilities, plus weather, fuel, oil and minor repair services. The runway was under RNZAF control, with ASV beacon navigation aids.
Japanese Aircraft Surrender
Abandoned at the airfield
F4U Corsair NZ5262
F4U Corsair NZ5418
PV-1 Ventura Serial
Aircraft Wrecks Formally at Jacquinot Bay
A6M5 Model 52 Zero 4043 Tail 3-108
A6M5 Model 52 Zero 4444
During July 2003 the Kate and Dinah plus F4U parts were salvaged by '75 Squadron' and barged to Lae and containered for shipment to Melbourne, Australia. This was halted by the PNG Museum and a court battle ensued until 2005. In the end, both were indeed exported.
Ki-46-II Dinah 2783
B5N2 Kate Tail 302
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