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    Bogadjim (Bugadjim, Bogadyim) Madang Province Papua New Guinea (PNG)
Location
Lat 5° 25' 60S Long 145° 43' 60E  Bogadjim village is located along the north coast of New Guinea. To the north is Bom, Gori River, Erima and further to the north is Madang. Borders Astrolabe Bay to the east and to the south is the Gileb Creek, Stephansort and the mouth of the Mindjim River (Minjeng River). During the Pacific War known to the Allies as "Bogadjim". The local spelling is "Bugadjim" or "Bogadyim". Today located in Madang Province in Papua New Guinea.

Prewar

The Bogadjim-Yaula Track, a native native walking trail spanned from Bogadjim inland to Yaula.

Wartime History
During 1943 when the Japanese Army occupied Bogadjim, the local people fled inland eastward towards the Mindjim River. By the middle of 1943 occupied by 18th Army 20th Division, 78th Infantry Regiment providing labor for the Bogadjim Road (Bogadjim-Yaula Road) inland to Yaula.

American missions against Bogadjim
June 1, 1943 - April 2, 1944

During October 1943, the Australian Army, 2/6 Commando Squadron, B Troop under the command of Lt. Charlie Ball managed to patrol on the Solu River and patrolled up to the Bogadjim Road and reached Bogadjim.

On April 13, 1944, during the Battle of Bogadjim, the Australian Army 57th / 60th The Infantry Battalion defeated the Japanese in the area of Stephansort and Bogadjim. By late April 1944 the No. 5 Base Supply Depot was established to store supplies in support of operations further up the coast.


Bogadjim Road (Bogadjim-Yaula Road)
Built by the Japanese Army in August 1943 and used until early 1944 when liberated by the Australian Army

P-38 Lightning Serial Number ?
Pilot McCarthy MIA July 21, 1943

P-38J Lightning Serial Number 42-104385
Pilot Neely MIA April 16, 1944 "Black Sunday"

A-20G "The Texan" Serial Number 43-9098
Pilot Smart ditched April 16, 1944 "Black Sunday" 2 missing

References
On Shaggy Ridge (2004) by Phil Bradley pages 56, 229, 163-166, 169, 172, 259 (footnote 23, 24, 25 - New Guinea Force Advanced HQ AW52 1/2/2 January 1944, page 43, 92 - Southern Cross AWM 54 423/4/154 page 80), 274 (index)
Hell's Battlefield (2012) by Phil Bradley pages 300 (map), 302 (footnote 8), 457 (footnote 8, AWM52 1/2/2/009, 092) 485 (index)
Thanks to Lawrence Awak for tok ples spellings of Bugadim.

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June 15, 2019

 

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