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Dobodura Airfield Complex

Girua Airport
(Dobodura No. 7 Airfield)
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; 148.30889Coordinates: 08°48′16″S 148°18′32″E / 8.80444°S 148.30889°E / -8.80444; 148.30889

Location of Girua Airport
Direction Length Surface
m ft
03/21 1,672 5,485 Asphalt
Source: DAFIF[1][2]

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


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 Fifth Air Force Commander General George Kenney.

The main Dobodura complex had eleven airstrips, most interconnected for taxiing purposes. At the height of the Battle of Buna-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. [3][4]

Major USAAF units assigned

  • 3d Bombardment Group (May 20, 1943 – February 3, 1944)
Headquarters, 13th, 89th, 90th Bomb Squadrons, B-25 Mitchell
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
Headquarters, 319th, 320th, 321st, 400th Bomb Squadrons, B-24 Liberator
Headquarters, 498th, 499th, 500th, 501st Bomb Squadrons, B-25 Mitchell
672d, 673d, 673d, 675th Bomb Squadrons, A-20 Havoc
Headquarters, 7th, 8th Fighter Squadrons, Curtiss P-40, 9th Fighter Squadron, P-38 Lightning and P-47 Thunderbolt
Headquarters, 69th, 310th, 311th Fighter Squadrons, P-47 Thunderbolt
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)

Airlines and destinations

See also


External links

  • Aviation Safety Network

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