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Girua Airport
IATA: PNP – ICAO: AYGR

Girua
Airport
Girua
Airport (Papua New Guinea)
Summary
Airport type Public
Operator Government
Serves Popondetta, Papua New Guinea
Elevation AMSL 311 ft / 95 m
Coordinates 08°48′16″S 148°18′32″E / 8.80444°S 148.30889°E / -8.80444; 148.30889
Runways
Direction Length Surface
m ft
03/21 1,672 5,485 Asphalt
Source: DAFIF

Girua Airport (IATA: PNP, ICAO: AYGR) is an airport serving Popondetta, a city in the Oro (or Northern) province in Papua New Guinea.

Airlines and destinations

  • Air Niugini (Port Moresby)

History

Girua Airport is located near Dobodura, to the north-east of the Embi Lakes, north-east of Inonda. To the south is Mt. Lamington, a volcano that dominates the skyline. The airport was built during World War II as part of the Dobodura Airfield Complex during late 1942 and early 1943. During the war, the airfield had several names, including No. 7, West 7, or Horanda No. 7 Airstrip or West 7. It was also known as Kenney Strip, in honor of 5th Air Force Commander General Kenney.

The main Dobodura complex had eleven airstrips, most interconnected for taxiing purposes. At the height of the Battle of Buna and Gona supplies began landing at the airfields including artillery spotting planes, a 105mm and five Bren Gun Carriers used to assault Cape Endaiadere,

After the battle, Dobodura was developed into a major airbase, with storage and repair facilities, and interconnecting taxiways to adjacent airfields. Today, Girua is the only airfield still in use, the others being abandoned after the war.

Major USAAF units assigned

  • 3d Bombardment Group (May 20, 1943 – February 3, 1944)
Headquarters, 13th, 89th, 90th Bomb Squadrons, B-25 Mitchell
  • 22d Bombardment Group (October 9, 1943 – January 13, 1944)
Headquarters, 2d, 19th, 408th Bomb Squadrons, B-26 Marauder
  • 43d Bombardment Group (December 10, 1943 – March 4, 1944)
Headquarters, 63d, 64th, 65th, 403d Bomb Squadrons, B-24 Liberator
  • 90th Bombardment Group (December 1943 – February 23, 1944)
Headquarters, 319th, 320th, 321st, 400th Bomb Squadrons, B-24 Liberator
  • 345th Bombardment Group (January 18 – February 16, 1944)
Headquarters, 498th, 499th, 500th, 501st Bomb Squadrons, B-25 Mitchell
  • 417th Bombardment Group (February 7 – April 8, 1944), (Headquarters)
672d, 673d, 673d, 675th Bomb Squadrons, A-20 Havoc
  • 49th Fighter Group (March – November 20, 1943)
Headquarters, 7th, 8th Fighter Squadrons, Curtiss P-40, 9th Fighter Squadron, P-47 Thunderbolt
  • 58th Fighter Group (December 28, 1943 – April 3, 1944)
Headquarters, 69th, 310th, 311th Fighter Squadrons, P-47 Thunderbolt
  • 475th Fighter Group (August 14, 1943 – March 24, 1944) (Headquarters)
432d Fighter Squadron, P-38 Lightning, (May 15 – July 12, 1944), (North Borio Airfield, Dobodura No. 15)
433rd Fighter Squadron, P-38 Lightning, (August 14 – October 3, 1943), (Borio Airfield, Dobodura No. 11)
  • 418th Night Fighter Squadron (V Fighter Command) (November 22, 1943 – March 28, 1944), P-61 Black Widow
  • 80th Fighter Squadron, (8th Fighter Group), (December 11, 1943 – February 28, 1944), P-38 Lightning
  • 375th Troop Carrier Group, (August 19 – December 19, 1943) (HQ Echelon)


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General Info
Country Papua New Guinea
ICAO ID AYGR
Time UTC+10
Latitude -8.804544
08° 48' 16.36" S
Longitude 148.309047
148° 18' 32.57" E
Elevation 311 feet
95 meters
Magnetic Variation 006° E (01/06)
Operating Agency CIVIL GOVERNMENT, (LANDING FEES AND DIPLOMATIC CLEARANCE MAY BE REQUIRED)
Alternate Name KENNY POPONDETTA
Near City Popondetta
Operating Hours SUNRISE TO SUNSET (SR-SS)


Runways
ID Dimensions Surface PCN ILS
03/21 5485 x 98 feet
1672 x 30 meters
ASPHALT 014FCZU NO


Navaids
Type ID Name Channel Freq Distance From Field Bearing From Navaid
NDB-DME GUA GIRUA 112X 224 5.2 NM 141.4


Supplies/Equipment
Fuel Jet A1, without icing nhibitor.

100/130 octane gasoline, leaded, MIL-L-5572F (GREEN)


Remarks
FUEL (NC-100, A1)
OPR HOURS Opr SR-SS.
RSTD Ngt opr proh. Acft over 44,052 lb use full rwy len on ldg. No 180 turns on rwy .



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