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    Morris Hill (Zero Hill) Central Province Papua New Guinea (PNG)

Location
Located approximately two miles to the east of 7 Mile Drone (Jacksons Drome) near Bootless Bay. Prewar, known as "Morris Hill".

Wartime History
On March 23, 1942 A6M2 Zero piloted by Yoshi'i crashed onto Morris Hill. Afterwards, renamed "Zero Hill".

Bruce Hoy visited this area in the 1980s:
"Never heard the name Bitsubishi Hill, however marked on the wartime maps is “Zero Hill”. A trustee of the museum and me went out and climbed all the hills from Jackson’s to Bootless on the eastern side, looking specifically for any traces of a Mitsubishi Zero that had been brought down in this area in 1942 and which gave meaning to the name given to a particular hill. We found many weapon’s pits, barbed wire entanglement and I even picked up the breech and barrel from a Thompson sub-machine gun. But not a trace of any aircraft wreckage. Naturally I had my camera with me."

John Douglas visited the area in the early 2000s:
"I went there a few years ago. The valley floor from 7-Mile Drome to Bootless Bay was called "Pom Pom Alley" due to all the anti-aircraft guns."

A6M2 Zero
Piloted by Yoshii, March 23, 1942 crashed Morris Hill, location became known as 'Zero Hill'

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Last Updated
August 25, 2018

 

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