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    Lorengau Manus Province Papua New Guinea (PNG)
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5th AF January 1, 1943

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5th AF January 22, 1944

Location
Lat 2° 1' 0S Long 147° 16' 0E  Lorengau is located on the northeast coast of Manus Island. Borders Seeadler Harbor to the northeast and the Lorengau River to the south. Also known as Losa, Lorungau, Lorangau, Rorengau or Leronguan.

Prewar
Prewar, the town included police barracks, native hospital, jetty, customs sheds, government buildings, radio station, district officer's house. Connected east to west by the North Coast Road. The Manus Civil District headquarters was established at Lorengau

Wartime History
Prior to the Pacific War, A small section of the Australian Army 1st Independent Company commandos commanded by Lt. A. S. Palmer was stationed here. On January 25, 1942 Lorengau was bombed by the Japanese. Afterwards, the Australians defenders destroyed houses, fuel and shipping then withdrew inland. On April 8, 1942 occupied by the Japanese and developed as the site of their administrative base and built Lorengau Airfield. The Australians escaped on a schooner April 14, 1942 and sailed southward to Bogadjim. During March 1944, liberated by the US Army, the area was developed into a base area.

Lorengau Airfield
Japanese airfield, liberated by US Army in March 1944, and afterwards not further developed.

American missions against Lorengau
January 25, 1942 - March 12, 1944

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Last Updated
February 4, 2018

 

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