The Handley Page HALIFAX
Thousand of palm trees in one of the best coconut plantations in Ceylon were felled to make way for Negombo,
on a site some 28 miles north of Colombo, selected for a Very Heavy Bomber station in 1944.
Originally known as Katunayake, it was renamed Negombo in March 1944. However, it was never to parent its
own heavy bomber squadrons, and instead became primarily an important staging post for
transport aircraft flying to and from the Far East.
Halifax VIIIs, attached from 298 Sqn, carried out transport
support operations from here between December 1945 and May 1946.