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    Terapo Airfield Gulf Province Papua New Guinea (PNG)
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5th AF July 17, 1944
Lat 8° 10' 11S 146° 11' 40E  Terapo Airfield is located near Terapo and the Lakekamu River roughly ten miles inland from the the Gulf of Papua. Roughly 200 miles to the southeast is Port Moresby. Today located in the Kerema District of Gulf Province in Papua New Guinea (PNG).

Built by the Allies as a single runway.

World War II Pacific Theatre History
Used to support the Australian Army in the area and for emergency landings. No Allied aircraft were permanently based at this airfield.

During 1943, several Allied aviators were taken to Terapo Airfield and flown back to Port Moresby, including Lt. George E. Morgan who force landed his P-38 Lightning 42-12650 on July 16, 1943 roughly 40 miles from Kerema.

P-38G "Dumbo!" Serial Number 42-12847 Nose 37
Pilot Laing force landed September 2, 1943. Salvaged by Robert Greinert 2002

P-47D Thunderbolt
Pilot Murr force landed March 14, 1944

P-47D Thunderbolt
Pilot Schatzman force landed March 14, 1944

Still in use today by light aircraft, airport code TEO.

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April 7, 2020


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