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RAF Amarda Road

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The wide and straight long main air strip.jpg
The wide air strip.jpg
RAF Amarda Road

Summary
Airport typeMilitary
OperatorRoyal Air Force
LocationRasgovindpur, Odisha, India
Elevation AMSL130 ft / 43 m
Coordinates21°48′18″N 087°02′49″E / 21.80500°N 87.04694°E / 21.80500; 87.04694
Map
Amarda Road is located in India
Amarda Road
Amarda Road
Location in India
Runways
Direction Length Surface
ft m
05/23 6,000 1,830 Concrete
17/35 6,670 2,032 Concrete

RAF Amarda Road is a former wartime Royal Air Force (RAF) airfield located near Rasgovindpur village in Mayurbhanj district of Odisha, India.

The Amarda Road airstrip, as it was called in war terminology, spreads across an area of nearly 600 acres. Built in the 1940s at a cost of Rs 3 crore, it was eventually abandoned after the war. It was probably named as Amarda Road Airfield because of the nearby Amarda Road railway station. The airfield was used by No. 136 Squadron RAF,[1] No. 177 Squadron RAF[2] and No. 607 Squadron RAF. The 'Air Fighting Training Unit', formed in February 1943, was also based here.

As an airfield, Amarda Road fell on the supply route for the Nationalist Armies of China in their fight against the Japanese. Aircraft of the RAF and the United States Army Air Forces (USAAF) would regularly fly from this space to China via Chabua (Dibrugarh), Jorhat and Vijaynagar across the infamous hump route over Arunachal and East Tibet.

Amarda Road and other neighbouring airfields - Dhalbhumgarh, Dudhkundi, Salua, Digri, Salbani and Chakulia - formed a web of airfields created by the Allies to stop the impending Japanese advance in the east. During the war, Amarda Road was, to put it simply, a battle hub. After the war was over, most airfields, including this one, fell into disuse. Today, only the Kalaikunda airstrip, which was declared an Air Force Station in 1954, exists.

Seven decades after the base was built, the 11,000 feet (3,400 m) concrete runway is still intact, though the buildings that once cluttered the edges are gone.

Amarda Road Airstrip
Amarda Road Airstrip
concrete runway
concrete runway

References

  1. ^ Jacobs, Vivian K. The Woodpecker Story. Durham, UK: The Pentland Press Ltd., 1994. ISBN 1-85821-235-9. 1994, p. 156.
  2. ^ C.G.Jefford (1988). RAF Squadrons. UK Airlife Publishing. ISBN 1-85310-053-6.
This page was last edited on 2 January 2020, at 15:06
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