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    Gemo Island (Hanudamua Island) National Capital District Papua New Guinea
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Justin Taylan 2003

Location
Gemo Island is located at the southwestern end of Fairfax Harbor to the west of Port Moresby and south of Napa Napa. The Motu name for the island is "Hanudamua Island". Today located in the National Capital District (NCD) in Papua New Guinea (PNG).

Wartime History
During the war, a gun battery and positions were constructed on the eastern side of the island. During the 1950s, the western side of the island was used as a leper colony. Today, the island is empty and uninhabited.

Gemo Island Battery (Gemo Battery)
In mid-April, 1944, the Australian 8th Army Troops Company / Royal Engineers built a gun battery facing east. It accommodated two 6 pound guns, with a concrete ammunition storage area and bunker behind it. They used building materials transported to the island by barge and a small trolley system. Also, two pillboxes on the beach. The battery and pillboxes are still present to this day. The position also included a small wharf, that is gone.

PBY-5 Catalina A24-15
Pilot Sloane crashed December 8, 1941

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Last Updated
August 25, 2018

 

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