Lat 22° 16' 0S Long 166° 26' 60E Nouméa is the capital of New
Caledonia borders Nouméa Harbor.
During World War II, Nouméa was occupied by the U. S. Navy (USN). Code named "EPIC" and "POPPY".
Harbor located at Nouméa, Nickel Docks
Nouméa Harbor Seaplane Base
Harbor used as a seaplane landing area early in the war
US Memorial at Nouméa
The inscription reads: "In
Honor of the US Forces who by their presence during the
Pacific war from March 1942 to February 1946 insured the
freedom of New Caledonia her people are deeply grateful.
13 Aout 1992".
Located at Anse-Vata on Ouen-Toro Mount
are the old naval guns, which protected the maritime access to Nouméa's
Nouméa Town Hall
Former town hall has wartime relics on display, including the engine from P-39K 42-4393.
Built during the war, two miles northeast of town. Still in use today
Tontouta Airfield (La Tontouta)
Located 23 miles northwest of Nouméa, prewar airfield used during the war by Americans.
Nicolas Duprey reports:
"There are a lot of US dumps
around Noumea, often in the water. In a ground discharge I have found
a metal quarter with the inscriptions J W Bacon, SAVANNAH, a USN food
board, a USN spoon, an other passionate said to us that he discovered
5 dog tags in it! In the water dumps there are trucks, jeeps and other.
Sometimes I do scuba diving, and during my last dive I saw ten
155mm shells! But in all of these dumps all the interesting equipment
was stolen and the rest isn't in good state or interesting."
Ousassio Hill (Mount Kimball)
Mountain next to the Tontouta Airport, renamed in honor of the pilot
of R4D that crashed into the hillside.
R4D-1 Dakota Bureau Number 01981
Pilot Kimball crashed crashed October 9, 1942
Overlooks the Mount Mou Valley,
Tontouta Lagoon and a moss forest.
Located near Noumea.
A buried ten wheels GMC was found by a forester
in the back country mountains. They dug up this truck when
they made a platform for water tanks below this road. Event
the six cylinder is well intact. This photo was taken the
last week of June, during heavy rain; at the saw mill of
Amieu Pass, one of the four mountain roads crossing New
Caledonia from West to East. The forester said that it may
have been buried when they had built upwards in the hill
road to reach trees (maybe in the 1960's). Thanks to Christophe
Thomas for this report.
Built probably by the US Navy
Construction Battalion "Sea Bees" during the Pacific War. This chapel is situated on the U. S. Army
camp built at "Plum" by the first soldiers
that arrived at Nouméa. The tale said that they found some
plum tree on the beach, and this place had no name so
they call it "plum". And today, it is still know
as Plum in the Mont Dore county, in the far south of
Nouméa. Thanks to Christophe
Thomas for this report.
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May 22, 2017