The MONAB Story

A history of the mobile airfields of the Royal Navy

The building of the US Navy airstrip on Ponam Island



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A selection of photographs from the cruise book of the 140th NCB

"In August 1944, Company A moved to Ponam Island and took over the necessary construction and maintenance on the airstrip there, while Company B moved to Pityliu Island on a similar assignment..... In December 1944, all remaining elements of the 140th were moved from Manus to Los Negros Island were they located at Lomrum Point. Early in 1945 they were joined by both Companies A and B who had completed their assignments on the outlying islands."

Extract from the 78th NCB cruise book 1944


Ponam - open for business


Runway maintenance crew


Runway maintenance


Working into the night


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