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    Soputa (Saputa) Oro Province Papua New Guinea (PNG)

Location
Lat 8° 43' 60S Long 148° 18' 0E  Soputa is located to the west of the Girua River at the crossroads of the Kokoda-Sananada Trail and Buna-Kokoda Trail. Trails lead northward to Sananada along the Soputa-Sananada Trail and northeast towards Buna. Also known as "Saputa".

Wartime History
On January 5, 1943, Australian Army infantry and armor reached Soputa. The area was used as a drop zone and staging area for Australian troops during the Battle of Gona. After the conclusion of the campaign, the US Army built a road connecting Soputa to Horanda and Dobodura to the southeast and northward to Cape Killerton and Sanananda.

American missions against Soputa
November 10, 1942 - January 16, 1943

Soputa Airfield
Allied drop zone used during the Battle of Buna

A-29 Hudson A16-36
Pilot Pedrina crashed December 15, 1942

Soputa Cemetery
A temporary Australian cemetery was established at Soputa. At the end of the war, the graves were exhumed and transported to Bomana Cemetery for permanent burial.

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January 8, 2014

 

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