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Colin Jermy 1979
Lat 5° 34' 41S Long 146° 20' 20E Yamai Airfield is located at an elevation of 50' above sea level on the north coast of New Guinea, roughly 3-4 miles west of of Saidor and Saidor Airfield. Nearby is Biliau (Beliau). During World War II, known as Yamai, Saidor #2, Saidor No. 2, Tarlitce or Biliau. Today, known as Biliau Airfield or Biliau Airport.
During early 1944, a small runway was built by the U. S. Army for use as an emergency airfield.
World War II Pacific Theatre History
Used as a cub strip for liaison planes and as an emergency airfield. On April 16, 1944 "Black Sunday" many aircraft force landed at this location due to bad weather low on fuel.
Still in use today as a small airport. Airport code: IATA: BIJ. No fuel reported, located 50' above sea level.
B-25D "Fer de Lance" 41-30527
Pilot Maturi force landed April 16, 1944 "Black Sunday"
A-20G Havoc 43-86563 Tail P
Pilot Dower force landed April 16, 1944 "Black Sunday"
A-20G "In The Mood" 43-9669
Pilot Gresen force landed April 16, 1944 "Black Sunday"
A-20G Havoc 43-9629 Tail E
Pilot Davidson force landed April 16, 1944 "Black Sunday"
Aircraft salvaged from Yamai
During 1985, the RAAF recovered three A-20G Havocs from the airfield, and transported them to Australia.
A-20G Havoc 43-9401
A-20G Havoc 43-9491
A-20G Havoc 42-86615 Tail T
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