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    Fakfak (Fak Fak, Fak-Fak) West Papua Province Indonesia

Location
Lat 2° 55' 0S Long 132° 18' 0E  Fakfak is located inland on the southern coast of western New Guinea. Prewar, the Dutch settled Fakfak and established a town at this location. Allied wartime spelling "Fak Fak".

Wartime History
On April 1, 1942 a Japanese landing force comprised of the 1st Detachment landed at Fakfak. The small Dutch KNIL garrison surrendered without offering any opposition.

Occupied by a small Japanese garrison of 67 troops from the 24th Special Base Unit. During the middle of 1943 until late 1944 attacked by American aircraft. Occupied by the Japanese until the end of the Pacific War.

American missions against Fak Fak
April 7, 1943 - October 3, 1944

Fakfak Airport (Fak Fak)
Built postwar, still in use today

Fakfak Seaplane Base (Fak Fak)
Wartime seaplane base

B-24D "The Big Ass Bird II" Serial Number 42-72801
Exploded on a night mission, wreckage and remains of crew found post war

References
Pub. 164 Sailing Direction (Enroute) New Guinea page 119

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Last Updated
August 25, 2018

 

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