Lat 6°12'28.48"S Long 155° 3'27.55"E Piva South Airfield is located at Piva on Bougainville. Located roughly 2.5 miles north-northeast of Cape Torokina. Also known as "Piva Yoke", "Yoke Airfield", "Piva 2" or simply "Fighter".
Piva South Airfield was one of two parallel runways built by
the U. S. the single runway is oriented roughly east to
west. Completed on December 30, 1943. At its height, Piva South (Fighter Strip) extended 6,000' x 150', with marson matting (PSP) on volcanic sand for 4,400' of the runway. Taxiways connected this runway to Piva North Airfield (Piva Uncle, Piva No 1).
World War II Pacific Theatre History
Shortly after daybreak on March 8, 1944 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 155-mm. gun and several tanks. The next day, the Japanese bombarded Torokina Airfield.
Allied units based at
Piva South Airfield
U. S. Marine Corps (USMC)
VMF-321 (F4U, FG Corsair)
VMF-215 (F4U Corsair)
Royal New Zealand Air Force (RNZAF)
Squadron (F4U Corsair) 1944-1945
No. 20 Squadron (F4U Corsair) May-June 1944, Jan-April 1945
Royal Australian Air Force (RAAF)
No. 17 Air Observation Post Flight / 17 AOP (Auster)
Airdromes Guide Southwest Pacific Area, July 1945:
"This airfield was deemed a 'reserve military airdrome' and was not manned and was closed. The runway's marston matting were undermined by storms and water action. Driftwood obstructs the runway after heavy rains."
Disused after the war and largely overgrown.
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April 7, 2020