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    Gerehu National Capital District (NCD) Papua New Guinea (PNG)

Location
Lat 9° 25' 0S Long 147° 5' 60E  Gerehu located to the north of Port Moresby to the east is the Waigani Swamp. During World War II, this area was empty and developed into camp and dump areas. In the early 1970s, Gerehu was developed into a suburb and included the University of Papua New Guinea (University of PNG). Today, it has grown into a larger settlement area.

University of PNG
The University of Papua New Guinea (PNG) or PNG University is located near Gerehu.

Bruce Hoy adds:
"Behind Gerehu and between it and the University were the camp sites for the 90th Bomb Group. I visited the area once with a number of 90th Bomb Group veterans who guided me to the place. I have a picture of an interesting slab of concrete with 'WELCOME 1943' engraved in it in this area as well as concrete steps, slabs, etc."

Wallaby Dump
Located to the north of Port Moresby, to the west of the Waigani Swamp. During early 1942 until the end of the war, the U. S. Army built roads and an ordinance depot at this location nicknamed "Wallaby Dump". Units at Wallaby Dump included the 55th Ordnance Ammunition Company (thirty man detachment) and the 630th Ordnance Company. Today, the area is part of Gerehu. No trace of the dump remains, aside from the roads.

Vehicle Dump
Located near Gerehu. The US Army abandoned many trucks, jeeps and vehicles at this location.

Bruce Hoy adds: "There was one major camp area with plenty of abandoned and rusty jeep and truck bodies according to my slides. It was almost opposite the University, or Administrative College.

Bitsubishi Hill
Hill located to the northeast of Gerehu, bordering Wiagani Swamp to the east and north of a sewage treatment plant. During 1942, a Japanese aircraft attacking Port Moresby crashed at this location. Afterwards, the hill was named "Bitsubishi Hill" as a play on the Japanese aircraft manufacturer Mitsubishi.

Justin Taylan adds:
"During 2006, no trace of the aircraft could be found and no aircraft wreckage was know to locals in the area."

B-24D "Yanks From Hell" 41-23755
Pilot Crawford crashed February 7, 1943 onto a hillside northwest of Gerehu

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Last Updated
January 11, 2018

 

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