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Pityilu Airfield was located at an elevation of 8' above sea level on Pityilu Island in the Admiralty Island Group (Admiralty Islands). Prewar and during the Pacific War located in the Territory of New Guinea. Today located in Manus Province in Papua New Guinea (PNG).
Built by U. S. Navy (USN) Construction Battalion "Seabees" with a single runway 5,500' x 150' running roughly northwest to southeast. A taxiway and hardstand area was located on the western side of the runway. The control tower was located at roughly the center of the runway.
Used by the U. S. Navy (USN) for a brief period while we were there to practice carrier landings in early eve and after dark. Later turned over the the Royal Navy, and along with nearby Ponam Airfield were their only airbases in the South West Pacific area.
American units based on Pityilu
VPB-146 (PV-1) Manus late September 1944 - ?
VJ-2 (JM-1 detachment Able, temporary) Sentani December 4, 1944–February 1945 Guinian
CASU 42 (also based at Ponam)
CASU 13 (also based at Ponam)
Strong, 140th CB recalls:
Robert Downer, ACORN 28 adds:
H.R. Langeishe adds (via Aeroplane Monthly,
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