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    Mission Point Wewak District | East Sepik Province Papua New Guinea (PNG)
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8th PRS Oct 1943

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Justin Taylan 2000

Location
Mission Point is located on the north coast of New Guinea in Wewak District in East Sepik Province in Papua New Guinea. Borders Wewak Harbor to the north. To the west is Kreer, Wirui and Wewak Town (Wewak Point). To the east is Cape Boram.

Prewar
Mission Point was used as a wharf and dock for ships unloading at Wewak. Also known simply as "The Wharf".

Wartime History
On December 18, 1942 occupied by the Japanese Army when four ships landed unopposed between 8pm and 2am and unloaded about 2,000 personnel and supplies onto the beach at Wewak to Wirui.

During May 1945, liberated by the Australian Army and discovered in a Japanese cemetery on Mission Point five graves with the names and dates: #1 Tierney, #2 Feehan, #3 Power, #4 Name Illegible, #5 Sheroden. All had a date of death listed as "Nov 1942" The date of death was deemed to be in error. After being exhumed and transported to the American Cemetery at Finschafen. Two of these graves (graves #3 and #5) proved to be Elliot and Bower crew aboard B-24D "Miss Carriage" 41-24207.

Today
Site of the present day wharf that services boats arriving and departing from the Wewak area.

References
Legacy of the 90th Bombardment Group page 74-75 (reference to 1945 grave)
AGRS Hq First Aust Army (AIF) "Grave: US Service Personnel" May 3, 1946

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Last Updated
August 25, 2018

 

Map
Topographic Map July 1944

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