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    Kagi (Kage) Central Province Papua New Guinea (PNG)
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Justin Taylan 2005
Location
Lat 9° 7' 53S Long 147° 40' 22E  Kagi is located at an elevation of 5,029' / 1,532m on the Kokoda Trail in the Owen Stanley Range in Central Province in Papua New Guinea (PNG). Located to the north of Efogi and west of Myola south of Kokoda.

Wartime History
During August 1942, Kagi as a drop zone by Allied transports air dropping supplies to Australian forces in the area. On September 4, 1942 the Australian Army retreated through Kagi including A company and B company under the command of Lt. Col Copper.

During late September 1942 occupied by the Japanese Army during their advance southward. Attacked by Allied aircraft that strafed and bombed the Kagi area.

Allied missions against Kagi
August 12, 1942–October 1, 1942

In early October 1942 when the Japanese began their withdrawal northward. On October 12, 1942 Kagi was re-occupied by Australian forces and the Australian 2/25th advanced through Kagi.

Today
Although it had a limited role during the Kokoda campaign, it is used by trekkers crossing the trail as a stopover location or way point on their treks. Some, choose to fly into Kagi Airfield and only walk the Kagi-Kokoda portion of the trail.

Kagi Airfield
Postwar airfield. A civilian crashed near this airstrip in the 1980s

Bogus 'Body' Hanging in Tree
During late August 2008, a report from Kokoda Trail trekkers claimed they had seen 'the body of an airmen in a parachute hanging in a tree' . Australian authorities investigated and found the report to be bogus.

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Last Updated
October 23, 2019

 

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