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Trincomalee

Trincomalee (81.194E 8.567N) was the most important British naval base in the East Indian Ocean.  It was still being developed at the beginning of the Pacific War, and its airstrip was a primitive affair established on a former cricket green.  The port was raided by aircraft from Nagumo's carriers during the Japanese raid into the Indian Ocean, 7 April 1942.

On 7 December 1941, the airfield based 22 Hurricanes and 9 Blenheims.

Climate Information:

Elevation 24'

Temperatures: Jan 80/75, Apr 89/78, Jul 92/78, Oct 88/76, record 104/65

Rainfall: Jan 10/6.8, Apr 5/2.3, Jul 3/2.0, Oct 13/8.7 == 64.9" per annum

References

Pearce and Smith (1990)


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