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    Lake Sentani (Sentani Lake) Jayapura Regency | Papua Province Indonesia
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USAAF c1944

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Carl R. Thien
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Jack Heyn 1944
Location
Lake Sentani is a large freshwater lake located slightly inland from Sentai southwest of Hollandia. To the north was Sentani Drome and Cyclops Drome and the Cyclops Mountains. Also known as "Sentani Lake". Prewar and during the Pacific War located in Dutch New Guinea. Today located in the Jayapura Regency of Papua Province in Indonesia.

Prewar
Native villages built on stilts surrounded portions of Lake Sentani.

Wartime History
During April 1942 occupied by the Japanese Army until they withdrew in late April 1944. During the Japanese occupation shoreline of the lake was developed into camp areas and dumps.

In late April 1944, the U. S. Army advancing from Hollandia occupied the Lake Sentani area and developed camp areas on the shore. Immediately afterwards, Lake Sentani was used as a seaplane operating area for PBY Catalinas supporting the advance inland.

Later, when the Hollandia became a U.S. Army base area, Lake Sentani was used for amphibious training and used by DUKW "Duck" amphibious trucks. Senior officers had recreational boats on the lake. Until the end of the Pacific War, used as a recreational area for American personnel for swimming and relaxation on the surrounding beaches.

Tim Maynard adds:
"We located a landing craft (LCVP) in Lake Sentani, near Hollandia at 72'. Also an A-20 in Lake Sentani."

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