Pacific Wrecks
Pacific Wrecks    
  Missing In Action (MIA) Prisoners Of War (POW) Unexploded Ordnance (UXO)  
Chronology Locations Aircraft Ships Submit Info How You Can Help Donate
    Malahang Airfield Morobe Province Papua New Guinea (PNG)
Click For Enlargement
5th AF c42 -43

Click For Enlargement
AWM c1943

Click For Enlargement

Click For Enlargement
RAAF March 4, 1943

Located about two miles due east of Lae, near the Busu River at the edge of the Malahang. Also known as "Malahang Drome". Today located in Morobe Province in Papua New Guinea (PNG).

Built prior to the war. During 1942 the single runway was 800 x 75 x 50 yards, and could be lengthened. Had good approaches over coconut plantation. Facilities included three European houses, copra sheds, can be lengthened.

World War II Pacific Theatre History
On March 8, 1942 occupied by the Japanese when they landed at Malahang. Used by the Japanese as an auxiliary to Lae Airfield. During the Battle of the Bismarck Sea, Malahang Airfield was used by Japanese Army Air Force (JAAF) Ki-43-I Oscars. On March 4, 1943 several were destroyed on the ground by RAAF Beaufighters from 30 Squadron strafing the area.

Allied missions against Malahang Airfield
January 17, 1943–September 6, 1943

During the middle of September 1943, liberated by the Australian Army. Afterwards, this airfield was never repaired or expanded by the Allies.

Ki-43-I Oscar Manufacture Number 239
Captured at the airfield by the Allies in September 1943

Disused since the war.

Notes about New Guinea airfields, recorded circa May - July, 1942 by Oliver C. Doan via Jean Doan research Edward Rogers

Contribute Information
Do you have photos or additional information to add?

Last Updated
April 7, 2020


Map 1943


Google Earth
View in Google Earth

Photo Archive

  Discussion Forum Daily Updates Reviews Museums Interviews & Oral Histories  
Pacific Wrecks Inc. All rights reserved.
Donate Now Facebook Twitter YouTube Instagram