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    Marienburg (Marienberg) Angoram District | East Sepik Province Papua New Guinea (PNG)

Location
Located near the mouth of Sepik River. Also known as "Marienberg".

Prewar
In 1913, the Catholic Society of the Divine Word established a settlement including a church, homes and sawmill with a small railway line as the first German settlement along the Sepik River.

Wartime History
During early 1943, occupied by the Japanese Army. Attacked by American aircraft during 1943, destroying the sawmill, church and buildings in the area. During 1944 the Japanese Army 51st Division, 102nd Infantry Regiment commanded by Colonel Hori Keijiro was based at Marienburg.

American missions against Marienburg
March 16, 1943 - February 4, 1944

March 16, 1943
(5th AF) B-17s bomb the town of Marienberg

April 27, 1943
(5th AF) Heavy bombers, operating individually hit Marienberg

February 4, 1944
(5th AF) B-24s, A-20s. and B-25s hit Marienberg

After Japan's official surrender, during the middle of October 1945, Marienburg was liberated by the Australian Army and liberated surviving Indian Prisoners Of War (POW) from the 2/12th Frontier Force Regiment, 4/9 Jats Regiment, that surrendered at Singapore

Postwar
The sawmill and settlement was reestablished and continued until the early 1970s.

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Last Updated
August 25, 2018

 

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