Saidor airfield file photo [27278]

Saidor Airfield

Type   Airfield
Historical Name of Location   Saidor, Australian New Guinea

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ww2dbaseSaidor Airfield, located on the northern coast of the Territory of New Guinea, was built by the Australians prior to the start of the Pacific War. It had a single runway measured at 750-yard (685-meter) long surfaced with sod. It was captured by the Japanese in early 1942 and was referred to as Gumbi Airfield. It was managed by the Japanese Army during the war, but it did not played a major role in the war, as it was largely reserved for emergencies only. It was captured by US Army troops on 2 Jan 1944, and the US Army would expand the airfield, with its name restored to Saidor, with expanded taxiways, revetments, aprons, and other upgrades. Between Mar and Aug 1944, Saidor hosted several air units, including the headquarters of the newly activated US 309th Bombardment Wing. At the time of this writing in 2017, Saidor Airfield remained in use as a very small civilian regional airport.

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Saidor Airfield Timeline

2 Jan 1944 US Army troops captured Gumbi Airfield on the northern coast of Australian New Guinea. The airfield's Japanese name was then restored to its prewar English name Saidor, after the nearby village.
8 Apr 1944 The headquarters of USAAF 417th Bomb Group was transferred from Dobodura Airfield to Saidor Airfield, Australian Papua.
10 Apr 1944 672nd Bomb Squadron and 675th Bomb Squadron (both flying A-20 aircraft) of USAAF 417th Bomb Group were transferred from Dobodura Airfield to Saidor Airfield, Australian Papua.
14 Apr 1944 673rd Bomb Squadron (flying A-20 aircraft) of USAAF 417th Bomb Group was transferred from Dobodura Airfield to Saidor Airfield, Australian Papua.
17 Apr 1944 674th Bomb Squadron (flying A-20 aircraft) of USAAF 417th Bomb Group was transferred from Dobodura Airfield to Saidor Airfield, Australian Papua.




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WW2-Era Place Name Saidor, Australian New Guinea
Lat/Long -5.6286, 146.4651


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