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USMC February 1944
David Paulley 1982
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Lat 6°12'1.52"S Long 155° 3'27.10"E Piva North Airfield was located at Piva on Bougainville. Also known as "Piva North Airfield" or "Piva Uncle Airfield" or "Piva 1", "Piva U" or "Piva Bomber Strip". Prewar and during World War II, part of the "North Solomons" or "Northern Solomons" or "Bougainville Province". Today located in Torokina Rural LLG of Autonomous Region of Bougainville (AROB) in Papua New Guinea (PNG).
One of two parallel runways built by U. S. forces. By December 30, 1943 Piva North Airfield was completed. On January 9, 1944 officially opened surfaced with marston matting / Pierced Steel Planking (PSP). The main runway was roughly east to west. Another parallel runway, Piva South (Piva Yoke, Piva No. 2) was located directly to the south. Taxiways connected the two Piva strips together. At the height operations, the runway was 6,000' of marston matting, with 2,000' extension of compacted sand on the western end, but suffered drainage problems from the constant rains and soft soil.
Piva North was used by Allied bombers, fighters and transports including aircraft from the U. S. Navy (USN) and U. S. Marine Corps (USMC) until late 1944. During late 1944, used by Royal Australian Air Force (RAAF) and Royal New Zealand Air Force (RNZAF) until the end of the Pacific War in September 1945 and in the months postwar.
Allied units based at
Piva North Airfield
On March 8, 1944 shortly after dawn, Japanese artillery opened fire on Piva Airfield and destroyed one B-24 Liberator, three fighters and damaged nineteen other aircraft. Before nightfall all bombers left for New Georgia area airfields, aside from six TBF Avengers. The bombardment also damaged one 155mm gun and several tanks. The next day, the Japanese bombarded Torokina Airfield.
On July 5, 1945, Avro York "Endeavour" landed at Piva Airfield with Royal Highness (HRH) Prince Henry Duke of Gloucester, Governor General of Australia aboard. He was greeted by Australian Army, 2 Corps General Officer Commanding (GOC) Lieutenant General Stanley George Savige. Afterwards, he toured Motupena Point and 2/1 Australian General Hospital.
Airdromes Guide Southwest Pacific Area, July 1945:
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