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    Maprik (Kominibus) Maprik District | East Sepik Province Papua New Guinea (PNG)

Location
Lat 3° 37' 60S Long 143° 3' 0E  Maprik is located at the center of East Sepik Province. Also known as "Kominibus".

Prewar
The Maprik Government Mission was established at Maprik.

Wartime History
During late March 1945 after the Australian Army landing at Dagua, Japanese Army troops retreated inland to Maprik. Lt. General Hatazo Adachi established his headquarters at Maprik before retreating to Kiarivu during late April.

During April 1945, the Australian Army began to encircle Maprik from the north, east and west. On April 22, 1945, they occupied Maprik with little opposition and immediately began building Hayfield Airfield and the New Maprik Road "Big Road".

Advancing, the 17th Brigade continued driving to the east and south meeting determined resistance. The 2/7th Battalion, relieved by 2/5th Battalion towards the end of May, advanced eastwards from Maprik towards Yamil and Ulupu, while 2/6th moved on Yamil from the north. Fighting continued into late June into the middle of July in the Yamil No. 1 area.

On September 13, 1945 Lt. General Hatazo Adachi, commander of the Japanese 18th Army and his staff were flown from Hayfield Airfield to Wewak Airfield for the official surrender ceremony at Cape Wom.

Today
Maprik is the capital of Maprik District along the Sepik Highway.

DAP Beaufort A9-650
Pilot Fowler crashed March 13, 1945

Hayfield Airfield
Australian built airfield used during 1945 in support of Wewak operation

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Last Updated
August 25, 2018

 

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