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    Cape Moem (Moem) East Sepik Province Papua New Guinea (PNG)

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David Pennefather 1980

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Location
Lat 3° 34' 60S Long 143° 40' 60E  Cape Moem is located to the east of Wewak, Boram, and Brandi. Borders Wewak Harbor to the west and Dove Bay to the east. Also known as simply "Moem". Prewar, Mum Plantation planted with coconut palms growning copra.

Wartime History
On December 18, 1942 occupied by the Japanese Army when they landed at Wewak. During May 1945, Cape Moem was subjected to heavy artillery and bombing by Australian forces advancing from the west. Captured by the Australian Army 2/8 Infantry Battalion against light opposition on May 22, 1945.

American missions against Cape Moem (Moem)
March 19 - August 9, 1944

Wewak War Cemetery
After the Australians occupied the area in 1945, a war cemetery was established at this location for dead from the Wewak campaign. Maintained by 7 War Graves Unit with the assistance of labor from ANGAU (Australian New Guinea Administrative Unit). This cemetery was used until at least late October 1945. Later, the graves were exhumed and consolidated at the Lae War Cemetery. Also know as the "Moem Cemetery" or "AIF War Cemetery".

Cape Moem Barracks
Today a PNG defense force Army base is located at the point. Post war PNGDF (PNG Defense Force) barracks located near the tip of Cape Moem.

Memorial Park
Located at the intersection of Kokoda Trail Road and Nassau Bay Road, inside the PNG Defense Force base is a small display with a propeller from a wartime aircraft and a Japanese Type 98 20mm anti-aircraft gun. At one point, apparently there was also a Japanese tank in the area, but today there is no trace of it.

B-25 Mitchell Serial Number ?
Engines remain on land at the Moem Barracks

B-25D "Miss Ellen" 41-30185
Pilot Anderson crashed March 19, 1944

B-25D Mitchell Serial Number 41-30561
Pilot Stookey ditched October 16, 1943 ditched 3 miles northeast of Cape Moem crew captured

P-38H Lightning 42-66539
Pilot Danforth MIA January 23, 1944 last seen northeast of Cape Moem

P-38J Lightning 42-67152
Pilot Gidley MIA January 23, 1944 last seen east of Cape Moem

P-40N Warhawk 42-105517
Pilot Arnold crashed April 7, 1944 roughly 100 yards northeast of Cape Moem

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Last Updated
August 16, 2017

 

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