Turnbull Field

"Turnbull Field" was an aerodrome near Gili Gili, Papua New Guinea.

History

Built by the US Army 2nd Battalion of 43rd Engineer General Service Regiment(less Company E), during the Battle of Milne Bay during World War II. Originally known as "No. 3 Strip". The airfield was renamed "Turnbull Field" on 14 September 1942 in honour of Royal Australian Air Force Squadron Leader Peter Turnbull, who was killed in an aircraft crash. The single runway was convert|5000|ft|m long x convert|100|ft|m wide surfaced with marston matting. Taxiways and revetments extended off both sides of the runway.

The aerodrome was abandoned in February 1944 and has been disused since the end of World War II.

Allied Units Based at Turnbull Field

*8th Fighter Group, 36th Fighter Squadron (P-39)
*43rd Bomb Group, 403rd Bomb Squadron (B-17)
*71st Tactical Recon Group, 82nd Tactical Recon Squadron (B-25, P-39)
*418th Night Fighter Squadron (P-38, P-70)
*421st Night Fighter Squadron (P-70)

References

* [http://www.pacificwrecks.com/airfields/png/turnbull/index.html Turnbull Field details]


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