0° 52' 60S Long 131° 15' 0E Sorong is located on the north coast of New Guinea. Offshore is Doom Island. Today, known as Sorong City or Kota Sorong in Indonesian.
Named after the big casuarina trees
which grow in the area, Cape Kasuari is just 2 km. from the town of
Sorong. This beach has beautiful scenery and recreation facilities.
Jim Wright, The Flying Circus adds:
"One of our [380th BG] crews on a reconassance sortie dropped bombs on a village named Sorong... We were unexpectedly chastised by some upper-echelon source. It seemed that Sorong was not an 'approved' target. We figured that, unbeknownst to any of us, Allied forces had been getting some valuable intelligence covertly from a secret 'mole' in that location, well behind Japanese lines. Otherwise, why make a thing of it?"
American missions against Sorong
June 10, 1943 - September 24, 1944
Sorong Seaplane Base
Prewar Dutch seaplane base, occupied by the Japanese until the end of the war
Pub. 164 Sailing Direction (Enroute) New Guinea page 111-112
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June 26, 2017