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    Morobe Province  Papua New Guinea (PNG)

Location
Morobe Province borders the northern coast of New Guinea. 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 at the western tip of New Britain Island.

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.

    Lae Area

Lae

 Major Japanese base and then occupied by Allies

Lae War Cemetery

 Cemetery and botanical gardens with Commonwealth graves
 Landing point used by Japanese and airfield
 Located Site of Australian 9th Division landing
 Village north of the Huon Gulf, east of Lae

Huon Gulf

 Borders the Huon Peninsula and Lae
 Located east of Lae and Hopoi
 Markham River mouth and Labu Lakes
    Markham Valley

Nadzab

 Captured by paratroopers a major Allied airbase.
 Airfield built by US Army
    Morobe Coastal
 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
    Mountain Ranges
Finisterre Range (Finisterres)   Mountain range north of Nadzab to the Saidor Gap
  Mountain range northeast of Nadzab to the Saidor Gap
 Highland airfield
    Offshore Islands, Straits and Seas
  Island between New Guinea and New Britain
  Island between New Guinea and New Britain
  located between Umboi Island and West New Britain
 Between the Huon Peninsula on New Guinea and New Britain

Bismarck Sea

 Body of water located off northern New Guinea
    Finschafen Area
  Large American wartime base.
  Large American wartime base.
  American PT Boat base
  Six miles north of Finschafen, Allied landing September 22, 1943
  High ground above the Bumi River and Scarlet Beach
  Island near Finschafen
  Battle between Australian Army and Japanese
  American landing in support of Salamaua
    Salamaua Area
 Japanese occupied liberated by Australians
 Island south of Salamaua
  Located southwest of Salamau includes Salamau Airfield
  Located south of the Francisco River
  Located south of the Francisco River
Mount Tambu
  Located at the southern end of Scout Ridge
  Pimple feature inland from Salamaua
    Wau-Bulolo Area
  Prewar gold rush town and Wau Airfield
  Village east of Wau
  Between Wau and Salamaua drop zone for Mubo.
  Gold fields and airfield south-west of Lae
  Located near Bulolo and Wau
  Valley located to the south of Wau
  Prewar mining connected by trail to Mubo
  Located to the southwest of Wau
    Inland
 Highland airfield developed by Americans
 Highland airfield developed by Americans
 inland village B-24 crash site
 Battlefield, later surveyed for an airfield
  3,588m mountain in the Chapman Range
  village in the mountains southwest of Lae
  village in southern Morobe
  village in southern Morobe

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Last Updated
May 30, 2018

 

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