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    Aivau (Huiva) Gulf Province Papua New Guinea (PNG)
Location
Lat 7° 56' 5S Long 145° 35' 34E  Aivau is located on the southern coast of New Guinea bordering the Gulf of Papua. Further to the east is Vailala and beyond Kerema. Roughly 200 miles to the southeast is Port Morsby. Prewar and during World War II located in the Territory of Papua. Today located in Kerema District of Gulf Province in Papua New Guinea (PNG).

Prewar
To the east of Aivau, Huiva Plantation was established at this location planted with coconut palm trees harvesting copra.

Wartime History
During the Pacific War, several Allied aircraft force landed at this location. On February 20, 1943 returning from a mission lost and low on fuel, three Lightnings force landed on the beach off Huiva Plantation including: P-38G 42-12863 pilot 1st Lt. Harry E. Lidstrom, P-38G 43-2215 pilot 1st Lt. Robert E. Douglas and P-38G 42-12866 pilot 1st Lt. Arthur R. Bauhof. Afterwards, all three pilots were rescued and returned to duty. Later, all three aircraft were salvaged by the U. S. Army and transported on barges back to Port Moresby.

References
Thanks to Keith Hopper for additional information

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Last Updated
October 23, 2019

 

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