5° 55' 0S Long 147° 19'
60E Sio is located on the north coast of New Guinea on the Huon Peninsula, roughly fifty miles from Finshafen and Sattleburg and 75 miles east of Saidor. To the east is Nambariwa (Nabarewa, Nabarowa). Also known as "Sio 1".
Today, Sio is located in Morobe Province in Papua New Guinea (PNG).
Occupied by the Japanese Army as part of the escape route for the Japanese Army 20th Division withdrawing from Lae along the north coast of New Guinea. During late 1943, Sio was used by Japanese submarines and barges as supply point.
On October 7, 1943 Japanese submarine I-180 unloads cargo at Sio.
On Oct 9, 1943 Japanese submarine I-181 unloads at Sio.
During late 1943 until early 1944, Sio was attacked by Allied aircraft. After the Australian Army liberated Finschafen and Sattleburg,
they advanced towards Sio.
American missions against Sio
October 15, 1943 -
January 16, 1944
On January 2, 1944 the U. S. Army landed at Saidor, bypassing the Japanese at Sio. On
January 15, 1944, Australian troops reached Sio, completing the Huon campaign and bringing under Allied control a
60 mile stretch of coast line from Finshafen to Sio and then advance westward along the north coast of New Guinea.
B-25C "Geronimo" 41-12980
Pilot Reid crashed June 21, 1943
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December 14, 2018