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    Cape Chater Airfield (Lautem East Airfield)  East Timor
Lat 8° 20' 0" Long 126° 59' 0"  Cape Chater Airfield was located near Cape Chater to the east of Lautem. Americans referred to this location as "Cape Chater Airfield". Prewar and during World War II part of Portuguese Timor. Still in use today as Abisu Airport in Lautem Municipality in the Democratic Republic of Timor-Leste (East Timor).

Built by the Japanese sometime during the middle of 1943 to augment Lautem Airfield (Lautem West Airfield). Possibly, as only an emergency airfield. American aircraft repeatedly bombed this location during 1943-1944.

Wartime History
Used by the Japanese during the war. Occupied for the duration of the Pacific War.

American missions against Cape Chater
March 12, 1943 - July 17, 1944

Index to Air Bases - Research Report No. 85, I.G. No 9185 - July 30, 1944
Thanks to Richard Dunn for additional information

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Last Updated
September 28, 2020


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