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    Alolo (Alola) Central Province Papua New Guinea (PNG)

Location
Lat 9° 0' 0S Long 147° 43' 60E   Alolo village is located along the Kokoda Trail in the Owen Stanley Mountains and the Eora Creek at an elevation of 1,425m. Wartime spelling "Alolo". Northward an hour's trek along the Kokoda Trail to Isurava. To the south is Eora Creek village. Also, the Abuai Track led from Alolo eastward to Abuari then onward to Hagutawa and Kaile.

Prewar
A wireless radio transmitter was established at this location, mounted on a concrete base.

Wartime History
On August 20, 1942 the 53rd Battalion (militia) occupied Alola. with B Company on the lower side, C Company on the higher side and D Company on the forward ridge with A Company in the rear covering the track to Eora Creek. From this location, the 53rd was patrolling on the eastern side of Eora Creek and south to Isurava.

On August 26, 1942 Brigadier Potts established his headquarters at Alolo and commanded the Maroubra Force during the Battle of Isurava. That same day, the area came under fire from Japanese mountain guns before their attack on Isurava and heavy machine gun fire from Abuari. A RAP was also established here to handle casualties.

During August 29-30, 1942 the remaining Australians withdrew from Alolo. The area was occupied by the Japanese by August 31, 1942.

American missions against Alolo
September 2 - October 27, 1942

September 2, 1942
(5th AF) P-400s bomb and strafe forces in the Alola area as the Japanese continue to push toward Port Moresby.

September 3, 1942
(5th AF) P-400s bomb and strafe the in the vicinity of Alola.

September 5, 1942
(5th AF) P-400s strafe Alola.

October 27, 1942
(5th AF) A-20s hit trails around Alola.

Today
The precise location of the wartime Alolo village is unknown, possibly it is in the same location as the present day village or 10-15 minutes walk to the north. Today, the present day village is also known as Alola.

References
Field Guide to the Kokoda Track pages 312-313 (maps), 315-318

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Last Updated
February 4, 2018

 

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