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    Rorona (Rarona) Central Province Papua New Guinea (PNG)
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5th AF August 12, 1942

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Justin Taylan 2004

Location
Located roughly 30 miles northwest of Port Moresby. Prewar, Rorona Plantation was a coconut palm plantation harvesting copra. Wartime American spelling "Rarona".

Rogers Drome (30 Mile Drome, Rorona)
Built by the US Army during 1942 used until the early 1970s

Rorona Bombing Range
Located to the east of Rogers Drome, near the Rorona Creek, possibly including the Galley Reach and Redscar area also.  Used for American aircraft for practice bombing missions.

Albert Cross adds:
"I never heard of 'Raona Range' although I did hear that the air force used a bombing range in the Rogers area. The only name similar that comes to mind is Rouna Range but that is just 20 miles from Moresby on the Rouna/Sogeri Road."

Charles Darby adds:
"Regarding the "Rorona Bombing Range", I don't know the answers to your question. It was Bill [Champman] who called the area a "Bombing Range", and I simply followed his practice --- after all, he was the guru!"

B-25D "The Little Gem" Serial Number 41-30321
Pilot Henderson crashed September 17, 1943 on a practice bombing mission at Rorona

B-25C "Daisy May" Serial Number 42-32262
Pilot Campbell crashed October 18, 1943

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Last Updated
February 4, 2018

 

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