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    Myola (Lake Myola) Kairuku-Hiri District | Central Province Papua New Guinea (PNG)
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Brian Bennett 2002

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Justin Taylan 2003
Location
Lat 9° 4' 60S Long 147° 41' 60E  Myola is a flat dry lake bed in the Owen Stanley Range. There are two dry lakes in this vicinity: "Big Myola" to the west and "Little Myola" to the east. Also known as "Myola Lake" or "Lake Myola". Prewar and during the Pacific War located in the Territory of Papua. Today located in Kairuku-Hiri District of Central Province in Papua New Guinea (PNG). To the north is the border with Oro Province (Northern Province).

Wartime History
On October 8, 1942 occupied by the Japanese Army. When the Australian Army occupied the area, the Japanese withdrew northward to Templeton's Crossing. The flat open area around Myola was used by C-47 Dakotas to air drop supplies to the ground forces.

American missions against Myola
September 6 - October 4, 1942

Myola Airfield
A large flat kunai grass field used for supply drops and limited landings during the Kokoda Campaign

Ford 5-AT -C Trimotor Serial Number A45-1
Crashed Nov 24, 1942. Recovered 1979 for the PNG Museum

P-400 Airacobra Serial Number AP359
Pilot Potts crashed September 6, 1942

P-40E Warhawk
Pilot Howard crashed November 8, 1942

C-47 Dakota Serial Number 41-18661
Pilot Gower crashed May 12, 1943

P-39N Airacobra Serial Number 42-19050
Crashed near Lake Myola

P-39N Airacobra Serial Number 42-18759
Crashed near Lake Myola

References
Field Guide to the Kokoda Track pages 264 (map Efogi to Myola), 265 (Profile Efogi to Myola), 268 (map Australian fighting withdrawal Aug 30 to Sept 6, 1942), 270-278 (Myola), 280 (map), 281 (Profile map Myola to Templeton's Crossing No. 1)
Hell's Battlefield (2012) by Phil Bradley pages 51-52

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October 23, 2019

 

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