An old airstrip in New Guinea which has lain almost disused since the war came into its own again this week to meet the emergency needs of aircraft from the mainland.
An old airstrip in New Guinea which has lain almost disused since the war came into its own again this week to meet the emergency needs of aircraft from the mainland. The airstrip is at Nadzab, thirty miles from Lae. During the war, Nadzab was used by Japanese aircraft until recaptured by Australian troops in the middle of 1943. It then became the spring board for many attacks on enemy bases by Allied aircraft which played a big part in clearing Japanese forces from the territory. And the sound of aircraft engines reverberated over Nadzab again this week because the airstrip has been re-opened to provide a terminal for Qantas airliners while the aerodrome at Lae is undergoing repairs. The first Skymaster landed at Nadzab on Monday and there has been one arrival and one departure each day since. Qantas officials say that Nadzab will be used for at least a month. The company has erected temporary buildings for passengers and for maintenance work. Passengers arriving at Nadzab in the daily skymaster service from Sydney are transferred to a D.C.3 aircraft for the rest of the journey to Lae - a mere 30 miles.