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    Mubo Morobe Province¬†Papua New Guinea (PNG)
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AWM February 7, 1943

Location
Mubo village is located on a trail between Salamaua and Wau. Borders Lababia Ridge to the east and Mount Tambu (Mt. Tambu), Bitoi Ridge and the Bitoi River and Salamaua to the northeast. To the north is Komiatum and Bobdubi. To the south is the Buyawim River.

Wartime History
Occupied by the Japanese Army and used as a logistic base in support of their attacka against Wau. During early February 1943, after the Japanese failure to capture Wau, their surviving forces retreated back to Mubo and dug in to defend the Mubo and Green Hill area to block the advance of the Australian Army.

During April 22 to May 29, 1943 the Australian  Army 2/7th Infantry Battalion attacked the Mubo area, at features dubbed "The Pimple" and "Green Hill". This attack was a diversion that allowed the 2/3rd Independent Company to advance in an arc to raid Bobdubi.

During July 7-13, 1943 attacked by the Australian Army 17th Brigade's 58th Battalion and 59th Battalion. By July 13, resistance ceased and the Australians occupied the area and advanced northward.

The Pimple
Ridge battle between Japanese and Australian forces near Mubo on the path towards Salamaua. On the May 12, 1943 the Pimple was occupied by Australian forces advancing from Wau.

American missions against Mubo
September 3, 1942 - July 17, 1943

Mubo Airfield
Small advanced airfield

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February 4, 2018

 

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