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    Cape Torokina (Torokina Point) Autonomous Region of Bougainville Papua New Guinea

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Location
Lat 6° 13' 60S Long 155° 3' 0E  Cape Torokina (Torokina Point) includes Torokina village on the western coast of Bougainville Island bordering Empress Augusta Bay the Autonomous Region of Bougainville (Bougainville Province) in Papua New Guinea (PNG). Also known is "Cape Torakina" or "Torakina Point". Borders Empress Augusta on three sides and further to the east is Piva. Visible in the distance is Mount Bagana. Offshore to the west is Torokina Island and Puruata Island. Parallel to the coast was the Empress Trail. To the north was the Buretoni Mission Trail.

Prewar
Torokina plantation was established at this location and planted with coconut palms harvesting copra.

Wartime History
During 1942, occupied by the Japanese. On November 1, 1943 the United States Marine Corps (USMC), 3rd Marine Division landed aboard LCVPs and LCI land craft along Empress Augusta Bay from the Koromokina Lagoon to Cape Torokina. After the landing, Torokina Airfield (Cape Torokina Airfield) was built at this location.

Today
The remains of a pier extend near the point, also the rusting remains of a large pontoon. Ashore is the remains of another large pontoon.

Torokina Airfield (Cape Torokina Airfield)
Built by US Navy Seabees in forty days, based USN, USMC, USAAF and RNZAF aircraft

 

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