The Murik Lakes is an inland lakes located on the north coast of New Guinea north of the Sepik River. Also known as "Murik Lagoon". To the northwest is Wewak. To the southeast is the mouth of the Sepik River. Today located in Angoram District of East
Sepik Province in Papua
New Guinea (PNG).
During World War II, the Japanese used Murik Lakes as a staging area for barge traffic from Wewak to Hansa Bay. During late 1943 into 1944, at least four Allied aircraft ditched or were lost in this area.
B-25D "Impatient Virgin" Serial Number 41-30046
Pilot Kizzire ditched November 27, 1943
P-38H "My Gal Sal" Serial Number 42-66631
Pilot Myers MIA December 22, 1943 ditched parallel to the coast near Murik and the mouth of the Sepik River
DAP Beaufort Mark VIII Serial Number A9-518
Pilot Chapman crashed March 25, 1944 located 1946
P-38J Lightning Serial Number 42-67802
Pilot King MIA June 18, 1944 last seen three miles out to sea off Murik
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October 23, 2019