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    Kiarivu Airfield East Sepik Province Papua New Guinea (PNG)
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Location
Kiarivu Airfield is located near Kiarivu (Kiarfi). Prewar and during the Pacific War located in the Territory of New Guinea. Today located in the Yangoru-Saussia District of East Sepik Province in Papua New Guinea (PNG).

Construction
Between August 6-9, 1945 C-47 Dakotas air dropped supplies and equipment to Australian forces in the area, including a 75mm howitzer to support the offensive against the Japanese at Kiarivu. Meanwhile, the Australian Army 2/7 Infantry Battalion soldiers with with native laborers provided by Australia New Guinea Administrative Unit (ANGAU) performed manual labor. Between August 9-12, 1945 the kunai grass was cut to form a runway area then the bare ground allowed to dry in the hot sun to harden.

Wartime History
On August 13, 1945 the first aircraft to land was a Royal Australian Air Force (RAAF) DH.82A Tiger Moth A17-489 piloted by W. H. R. Smith from No. 12 Local Air Supply Unit (12 LASU) then took off again to test the new airfield. Since the runway soil was still soft, parachute bundles from prior air drops were used to mark the best area for use.

On September 14, 1945, DH.82A Tiger Moth A17-489 piloted by F/O T .L. Collier with passenger Lt General Hatazo Adachi departed Cape Wom Airfield and flew southward to land at Kiarivu Airfield then returned to his former headquarters at Kiarivu to instruction to his staff about the terms of surrender.

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September 1, 2020

 

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