Lat 9° 19' 60S Long 149° 10' 0E Coastal
village along Collingwood Bay, south of Tufi. Also spelled Wanigela, Komabun and Kamabun. Wartime references also spell the location 'Waingela', 'Waigela' or 'Wanagilla'.
In July 1942, this area became vital to the Allies as a forward staging
base to strike the Japanese beacheads further to the north-west at
Buna - Gona. Waigela was never occupied by the Japanese. A
small party of coastwatchers in HMAS Paluma charted the shipping
channels from Waigela to Cape Nelson during July 1942.
Prewar Anglican mission at Waigela led by Reverend Dennis J. Taylor. Forty members of the mission evacuated by foot after the Japanese landed at Gona.
Prewar Anglican mission at Waigela.
B-25C "Pistoff" 41-12830
Pilot Lett ditched January 8, 1943
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October 25, 2012