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    Awar (Condor Point) Madang Province Papua New Guinea (PNG)
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Location
Lat 4° 8' 51S Long 144° 50' 19E  Awar is located at the western edge of Hansa Bay on the north coast of New Guinea. Also known as "Awar Point" or "Condor Point". Today located in Madang Province in Papua New Guinea (PNG). To the east is Manam Island.

Prewar
This location was developed into Awar Plantation planted with coconut palms harvesting copra.

Wartime History
Occupied by the Japanese Army who constructed Awar Airfield (Hansa North, Condor Point) at this location. At Awar Point (Condor Point) a jetty was built to unload barges and ships. Inland from the beach was a supply and bivouac area and heavy anti-aircraft gun emplacements.

Awar Point was targeted by Allied bombers and fighters between August 1943 until May 1944. On March 11, 1944 gunners from Awar Point hit B-24D "Heaven Can Wait" 42-41216 causing it to crash into Hansa Bay.

Allied missions against Awar
August 25, 1943 - May 4, 1944

Awar Airfield (Hansa North, Condor Point)
Japanese built airfield, liberated by the Australians, disused since the war

P-39Q "Snooks" Serial Number 42-20351
Pilot Harrison MIA May 21, 1944 last seen 3 miles from Awar headed inland

 

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Last Updated
May 21, 2018

 

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