Oro Bay Airfield

Oro Bay Airfield
Oro Bay (Cape Sudest) Airfield
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Part of Fifth Air Force
Located in Oro Province, Paupa New Guinea
Oro Bay Base - December 1943
Oro Bay Airfield is located in Papua New Guinea
Oro Bay Airfield
Oro Bay Airfield (Papua New Guinea)
Type Military airfield
Coordinates 08°40′16.37″S 148°24′42.44″E / 8.6712139°S 148.4117889°E / -8.6712139; 148.4117889
Built 1944
In use 1944
Controlled by United States Army Air Forces

Oro Bay Airfield (also known as Cape Sudest Airfield) is a former World War II airfield in Oro Province, Papua New Guinea. The airfield was abandoned after the war and today is almost totally returned to its natural state.



Oro Bay Airfield was primarily an emergency landing field, although it was briefly used as a headquarters base for the 308th Bombardment Wing (1 February-2 July 1944) and as an operational airfield for the 417th Bombardment Group (28 January -4 February 1944) which flew A-20 Havocs. Operational squadrons assigned to the airfield were:

  • 672d Bombardment Squadron: 28 January-4 February 1944
  • 673d Bombardment Squadron: 28 January-4 February 1944
  • 674th Bombardment Squadron: 28 January-4 February 1944

In addition, the 547th Night Fighter Squadron flew a night fighter variant of the P-38 Lightning and P-61 Black Widow from the airfield (5 September-6 October 1944)/

See also

  • USAAF in the Southwest Pacific


 This article incorporates public domain material from websites or documents of the Air Force Historical Research Agency.

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