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    Asisi (Asis) Oro Province Papua New Guinea (PNG)

Location
Lat 8° 56' 34S Long 147° 59' 34E  Asisi is located at an elevation of 958' (291m) along the Kumusi River, to the southeast of Wairopi. During World War II, known as "Asis".

Wartime History
During late October 1942, a U. S. Army 50 man detachment from Cannon Company led by Captain Medendorp and joined by the rest of the anti-tank companies treked from Jaure to the Wairopi area to prevent a Japanese attack from Wairopi towards Jaure where Americans troops were treking over the Kapa Kapa Trail. These troops were known as the "W" or "Wairopi Patrol" established themselves on the east bank of the Kumusi River. This force came under the command of Australian Army General Blamey. On November 9, this force had a a light encounter with the Japanese at Asisi.

American missions against Asisi (Asis)
October 10-25, 1942

October 10, 1942
(5th AF) P-400s, strike villages in the area of Asisi

October 11, 1942
(5th AF) Three A-20s from the 3rd BG, 89th BS on armed reconassince hit Asisi village.

October 25, 1942
(5th AF) Three A-20s from the 3rd BG, 89th BS bomb and strafe the west bank of the Kumusi River near Asisi.

References
U. S. Army in World War II - Victory In Papua Chapter 7 page 113
U. S. Army in World War II - Victory In Papua Chapter 8 page 131
Field Guide to the Kokoda Track pages 399 (map)

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Last Updated
January 11, 2018

 

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