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

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September 13, 1945

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Location
Lat 3° 31' 0S Long 143° 35' 60E  Cape Wom is located on the north coast of New Guinea to the west of Wewak. Also known as "Wom", "Cape Wom" or "Wom Point". To the northeast is Raboin Island.

Wartime History
Cape Wom was occupied by the Japanese Army during December 1942. Anti-aircraft guns were emplaced in this area and bunkers constructed for defense. During June 1945, liberated by the Australian Army who established "Cape Wom Camp" at this location.

Keith W. Bryant, VX 85794 AIF 7th Mechanical Equipment Co. A.I.F:
"We landed in Wewak, in June 1945, after waiting at Langemak Bay near Finschafen for three days until the ground. We were fully equipped with brand new International earthmoving machinery, plus others of such. We improved the roads in the area, and building Cape Wom camp and and the refurbished the Boram Airfield."

On September 13, 1945 Japanese Army Lt General Hatazo Adachi, commander of the 18th Army with an interpreter and three officers were flown aboard C-47 Dakota code RE from Hayfield Airfield to Wewak Airfield. Next, the Japanese were transported by jeep to Cape Womfor the official surrender ceremony at 10am at Cape Wom Airfield. Adachi signed the instrument of surrender and handed over his sword in the presence of 3,000 troops drawn from various units of the Australian Army 6th Division. Afterwards, he attended meetings with Australian Army staff to discuss arrangements related to the surrender.

Cape Wom Airfield (Wom Airfield)
Small prewar airfield, Japanese 18th Army surrender by General Adachi on Sept 13, 1945

Bunker
There is a two story bunker with a tower. Today, it is empty aside from graffiti and rubbish.

Coastal Fortification
On the beach, there is a concrete gun emplacement. The sea has eroded much of it, and the gun above is missing. There is an ammunition locker area inside the emplacement, where one can see its 55 gallon drum and concrete construction.

Tunnels
Behind the memorial, there are several Japanese tunnels that interlock and interconnect different parts of the Cape. Some have collapsed or filled with sand. Others are still open and possible to crawl into.

Ki-61-II Tony Manufacture Number 379
Force landed at Cape Wom. Recovered from Cape Wom in 1973

Ki-48 Lily Manufacture Number 1398
Crashed upside down on Cape Wom

A-20G Havoc Serial Number 43-21622
Pilot Hamwey, January 20, 1945

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August 16, 2017

 

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