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Tsili Tsili


Aerial photograph of Tsili Tsili

U.S. Air Force. Via PacificWrecks.com

Tsili Tsili (146.35E 6.85S) was an abandoned grass airstrip near Lae in northeastern New Guinea.  It was ignored by the Japanese until Allied engineers surreptitiously prepared it to receive fighters.  These fighters were able to escort a massive bombing raid against Wewak on 16 August 1943 that surprised and destroyed two hundred Japanese aircraft on the ground.

Reference

Bergerud (2000)



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