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    Oro Province (Northern Province) ¬†Papua New Guinea (PNG)

Location
Oro Province is located on the northern coast of the Papuan peninsula on New Guinea. Borders Central Province to the south and west, Milne Bay Province to the southeast and Morobe Province to the northwest. Previously, known as "Northern Province" or prewar as the "Northern District".

Wartime History
On July 21, 1942 Japanese forces landed at Gona and began their drive inland over the Kokoda Trail in the Owen Stanley Mountains in their unsuccessful overland attempt to reach Port Moresby. During late September 1942, Australian troops began to advance, driving the Japanese back to the beachhead coastal area where they defended bitterly at Buna, Gona and Sanananda. After the battle, the coastal area was developed into a major Allied base with dozens of airfields and a staging base for operations elsewhere in New Guinea.

    Buna-Gona-Sanananda beachhead area
  Fortified beachhead battlefield and Japanese airfield location
  Prewar Buna Government Station
  Located a mile to the west of Buna Government Station
  Beachhead battlefield first liberated by Australians
  Beachhead battlefield that concluded fighting in the area
  US Army road block on the Sanananda Trail
  Nicknamed by the US Army 32nd Infantry Division.
  Located between Giropa Point and Cape Endaiadere
  Prewar coconut palm plantation
  Village, and Simemi Creek Bridge
  "Maggot Beach" a mile west of Buna Government Station
  located on the north coast between Cape Endaiadere and Cape Sudest
  located on the north coast south of Hariko
  Beachhead battlefield first liberated by Australians
  Village located to the west of Gona.
   Dobodura area
  Major Allied airbase complex.
  village southwest of Dobodura and major airfield complex
  village east of Horanda and northeast of Embi Lakes
  village east of Horanda and northeast of Embi Lakes
  village and airfield complex
  Bordering Embi and Dobodura
  Located inland from Buna
  Several airplane wrecks and an airfield in the region.
  Village to the west of Popondetta and Girua Airport
  Crossroads of Kokoda-Sananada and Buna-Kokoda Road
   Oro Bay area
  village along the north coast north of Oro Bay
  Located on the north coast of New Guinea including Oro Bay Airfield
  Bay located to the southeast of Oro Bay
   Cape Ward Hunt area
 Located to the northeast of Buna.
 Located at the tip of Cape Ward Hunt
 Located to the northeast of Buna.
 Located along the north coast
 Located along the north coast
 Located inland from Duvira Bay
 Empties into Mambare Bay on the north coast of New Guinea
 Empties into the north coast of New Guinea
  Located along the Mambare River
   Owen Stanley Mountains / Kokoda area
  Track from Port Moresby to Kokoda
  Village where the Kokoda Trail ends
  Located to the north of Kokoda
  Village located to the northwest of Kokoda
  Village along Kokoda Trail with war memorial
  Village located about 8km south of Kokoda
   Kumusi River area
  Crossing over the Kumusi River east of Kokoda, Gorari and Oivi
  Located to the southeast of Wairopi
  Located along the Kokoda Road
  Village five kilometers along the track from Gorari
  Village east of Kokoda
  Inland village near the north coast of New Guinea
  village to the northeast of Isivita Mission
  Prewar Anglican mission established by Reverend Henry Holland
  Prewar Anglican mission
   Owen Stanley Mountains / Kapa Kapa Trail area
  Located along the Kapa Kapa Trail
  Located along the Kapa Kapa Trail northeast of Jaure
  Located along the Kapa Kapa Trail north of Natunga and Jaure
  Highest peak in Goropu Mountains of the Owen Stanley Range
  Musu area
 Allied strip used in conjunction with battle of Buna / Gona
 Swamp area, where B-17E 'Swamp Ghost' remained until 2006
 Allied landing ground along Korala Creek, south of Pongani
 Allied emergency landing ground near the Musu River.
 Allied landing ground in the upper valley of Musa River
 Located in the Safia Valley, postwar cattle ranch
  Cape Nelson area
 Located northwest of Milne Bay and east of Oro Bay
 American base area, shipwreck of the s'Jacob offshore
 village at Porlock Harbor
  Allied PT boat base
  Anglican mission, airstrip built and used by Allied forces
  Borders Wanigela

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Last Updated
September 26, 2017

 

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