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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  located on the north coast of New Guinea port and airfield.
Lae War Cemetery  Cemetery and botanical gardens with Commonwealth graves
Malahang  Landing point used by Japanese and airfield
Hopoi  Located Site of Australian 9th Division landing
Sambiang (Sambeang)  Village north of the Huon Gulf, east of Lae
Huon Gulf  Borders the Huon Peninsula and Lae
Yambo  Located east of Lae and Hopoi
Labu  Markham River mouth and Labu Lakes
    Markham Valley
Nadzab  Captured by paratroopers a major Allied airbase.
Gusap  Airfield built by US Army
    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
    Mountain Ranges
Finisterre Range (Finisterres)   Mountain range north of Nadzab to the Saidor Gap
Saruwaged Range   Mountain range northeast of Nadzab to the Saidor Gap
Wantoat  Highland airfield
    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
    Wau-Bulolo Area
Wau   Prewar gold rush town and Wau Airfield
Kaisenik (Kaisinik)   Village east of Wau
Skindiwai   Between Wau and Salamaua drop zone for Mubo.
Bulolo   Gold fields and airfield south-west of Lae
Bulwa   Located near Bulolo and Wau
Hidden Valley   Valley located to the south of Wau
Black Cat Pass   Prewar mining connected by trail to Mubo
Edie Creek   Located to the southwest of Wau
    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

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Last Updated
November 16, 2018

 

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