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    Manokwari (Menoekwari) West Papua Province Indonesia
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5th AF May 15, 1944

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Robert Stava 1944
Location
Lat 0° 52' 0S Long 134° 4' 60E  Manokwari is located on the eastern end of the Vogelkop Peninsula in Western New Guinea. Also known as Manokwari Town or spelled Menoekwari. Borders Bore Bay to the south with Wappi Island (Mos Wappi) and Mansinairo Island (Mos Mansinairo). Prewar and during the Pacific War, located in Dutch New Guinea (DNG) in the Netherlands East Indies (NEI). Today located in the Manokwari Regency of West Papua Province in Indonesia.

Wartime History
During 1942 Manokwari was occupied by the Japanese Army until the end of the Pacific War. The Japanese used the town, harbor and constructed Manokwari Airfield. Between May 1943 until October 1944 attacked by Allied bombers and fighters.

American missions against Manokwari
May 1, 1943–October 24, 1944

Manokwari Airfield
Built by the Japanese, still in use today.

B-24D "Black Widow" Serial Number 42-40967
Pilot Beller crashed November 21, 1943

P-40N Kittyhawk Serial Number A29-824
Pilot Schlenker MIA October 12, 1944

P-40N Kittyhawk Serial Number A29-641
Pilot Bellert ditched October 18, 1944, wreckage discovered 1998, remains recovered 1999, case resolved

P-40N Kittyhawk Serial Number A29-821
Pilot Summons MIA October 25, 1944

Today
Manokwari is a commercial port and settlement and the capital of Manokwari Regency in West Papua Province (Papua Barat) in Indonesia.

References
Pub. 164 Sailing Direction (Enroute) New Guinea page 250-251

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