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    Finisterre Mountains (Finisterres) Morobe | Madang Papua New Guinea (PNG)

Location
Lat 5° 49' 60S Long 146° 7' 0E  The Finisterre mountain range borders the northern coast of New Guinea to the north and the Ramu River and Markham Valley to the south, the Saruwaged Range to the southeast and Astrolabe Bay to the northwest. The range includes Shaggy Ridge. The range spans both Morobe Province and Madang Province. Also known as the "Finisterre Range" or "Finisterres".

Wartime History
The Finisterre Mountains were not occupied by either the Japanese or Allied forces. During late 1943, retreating Japanese forces from the Lae and Salamaua area crossed the Finisterre Mountains as they retreated to the north coast towards Madang. During their trek, many died of starvation or exposure along the way. During 1944, many American aircraft crashed into the Finisterre Mountains due to navigation or weather related accidents.

P-47D Thunderbolt Serial Number 42-22896 Tail 91
Pilot Gaffney, MIA March 11, 1944, discovered 1998

P-47D Thunderbolt Serial Number 42-22687 Tail 71
Pilot Lutes MIA April 29, 1944 aircraft salvaged 2004. MIA case unresolved

CA-9 Wirraway Serial Number A20-480
Pilot Unkles MIA April 15, 1944 discovered 1998

B-25D Mitchell Serial Number 41-30182
Pilot Hurst MIA July 1, 1944 discovered postwar

A-20G "Francie II" Serial Number 42-54117 Tail W
Pilot Hansen MIA March 13, 1944 discovered 1983

A-20G Havoc Serial Number 42-54082
Pilot Pollard MIA March 13, 1944 discovered 1983

A-20G Havoc Serial Number 42-54085
Pilot Miars MIA March 13, 1944 discovered 1983

B-24D "Ready, Willing & Able" Serial Number 42-41135
Pilot Drewelow MIA March 5, 1944

B-24J "Here T'is" Serial Number 42-72946
Pilot Cooley MIA April 16, 1944 "Black Sunday" discovered 2002

B-24J Mitchell Serial Number 42-100225
Pilot Paschal MIA April 16, 1944 "Black Sunday" discovered 2002

P-38H "Corky Jr." 42-66668
Pilot Keown MIA April 16, 1944 "Black Sunday" discovered 2005

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Last Updated
August 25, 2018

 

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