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    Morobe Province  Papua New Guinea (PNG)
Location
Morobe Province is located on the north coast of New Guinea. Prewar and during the Pacific War located in the Territory of New Guinea. Today located in Papua New Guinea (PNG). Borders Oro Province (Northern Province) to the southeast, Gulf Province to the southwest, Eastern Highlands Province to the west and Madang Province to the northwest. To the east borders the Huon Gulf and to the northeast borders Vitiaz Strait and the Bismarck Sea. Further to the east is West New Britain Province on New Britain.

Wartime History
Japanese forces landed at Lae on January 22, 1942. After the area was liberated by the Allies during late 1943, the area was developed into an airfield and base area.

Markham Valley
Markham Valley  located between the Finisterre Range to the north and the Highlands to the south.
Nadzab  located in the Markham Valley developed into Nadzab Airfield complex.
Gusap (Susua, Goosap)  located in the Markham Valley developed into Gusap Airfield complex.
Boana  located at the northern edge of the Markham Valley.

Mountain Ranges
Finisterre Range (Finisterres)  mountain range on the Huon Peninsula bordering Saruwaged Range.
Saruwaged Range (Sarawaket, Sarawaget)  mountain range on the on the Huon Peninsula bordering Finisterres.
Mount Bangeta (Mount Sarawaged)  located in the Saruwaged Range, highest peak in Morobe Province.
Wantoat  located in the Finisterre Mountains of New Guinea includes prewar Wantoat Airfield.

Lae Area
Lae  located on the north coast of New Guinea bordering Huon Gulf includes prewar Lae Airfield.
Malahang  located on the north coast of New Guinea includes prewar Malahang Airfield.
Huon Peninsula  located on the north coast of New Guinea borders Huon Gulf.
Huon Gulf  located on the north coast of New Guinea borders the Huon Peninsula and Lae.
Hopoi  located on the north coast of New Guinea location landing by Australian Army on September 4, 1943.
Sambiang (Sambeang)  located north of Huon Gulf to the east of Lae.
Yambo  borders the Huon Gulf to the east of Hopoi and Lae.
Labu  located at the mouth of the Markham River and Labu Lakes.

    Morobe Coastal
Morobe  Coastal town and former USN PT Boat base
Sio  Located on the north coast of the Huon peninsula
Nambariwa (Nabarewa)  Located on the north coast of the Huon peninsula
Hercules Bay  Located on the north coast of the Huon peninsula
    Offshore Islands, Straits and Seas
Umboi Island (Rooke, Rook)   Island between New Guinea and New Britain
Sakar Island   Island between New Guinea and New Britain
Dampier Strait   located between Umboi Island and West New Britain
Vitiaz Strait  Between the Huon Peninsula on New Guinea and New Britain
Bismarck Sea  Body of water located off northern New Guinea
    Finschafen Area
Finschafen (Finschaven)   Large American wartime base.
Langemak Bay   (Langemark, Langemaak) located to the north of Finschhafen.
Dreger Haffen   American PT Boat base
Scarlet Beach   Six miles north of Finschafen, Allied landing September 22, 1943
Kakakog (Kakakogwith)   High ground above the Bumi River and Scarlet Beach
Tami Island   Island near Finschafen
Sattelberg (Sattleberg)   Battle between Australian Army and Japanese
Nassau Bay   American landing in support of Salamaua
    Salamaua Area
Salamaua  Japanese occupied liberated by Australians
Lababia Island  Island south of Salamaua
Logui   Located southwest of Salamau includes Salamau Airfield
Bobdubi   Located south of the Francisco River
Komiatum (Kamiaturn)   Located south of the Francisco River
Mount Tambu   Located at the southern end of Scout Ridge
Mubo   Pimple feature inland from Salamaua
    Inland
Tsili-Tsili  Highland airfield developed by Americans
Marilinan  Highland airfield developed by Americans
Engati  inland village B-24 crash site
Kaiapit  Battlefield, later surveyed for an airfield
Mount Strong   elevation 3,588m mountain in the Chapman Range
Mumeng   village in the mountains southwest of Lae
Garina   village in southern Morobe
Aseki   village in southern Morobe

Wau-Bulolo Area
Bulwa  located to the north of Bulolo
Bulolo  prewar gold rush town in the Bulolo Valley, includes Bulolo Airfield
Wau  prewar gold rush town, includes Wau Airfield.
Kaisenik (Kaisinik)   located to the southeast of Wau.
Skindiwai (Skin Diwai)  located between Wau and Salamaua
Kaisenik (Kaisinik)   located to the southeast of Wau.
Winima  located between Kaisenik to the north and Kudjeru to the south
Kudjeru (Kudjuru)  located at the northeastern end of Bulldog Track used as camp area.
Bulldog Track (Bulldog-Wau Road)  prewar track that spanned from Kudjeru to Bulldog
Wandumi  located to the east of Wau
Prewar Gold Mines
Eddie Creek  prewar gold mine located to the southwest of Wau, includes Eddie Creek Airfield.
Hidden Valley  prewar gold mine located to the southwest of Wau
Black Cat (Blackcat)  prewar gold mine located to the northeast of Wau connected by the Black Cat Trail

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Last Updated
October 23, 2019

 

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