Skindiwai village is located near Buibaining Ridge between Wau and Salamaua. Also known "Skin Diwai". Today located in Morobe Province in Papua New Guinea.
on September 1, 1942 after the Japanese advanced on Mubo, a party of thirteen Australians led by Lt. Wylie withdrew through Skindiwai. Two days later, with reinforcements, Wylie led a party of twenty back through Skindiwai on September 20 to perform reconnaissance on Mubo, then withdrew back to Skindiwai again on September 23, 1942.
On September 27, 1942 a group of thirty Australians advanced to Skindiwai for a raid on Mubo.
Finally, on January 28, 1943 the village was used as a staging location for Australian Army troops in the area. Also, Skindiwai was used as an Allied drop zone to support operations against Mubo.
C-47 Dakota 41-38662
Pilot Crowley crashed March 11, 1943
The Battle for Wau (2008) by Phil Bradley pages 54, 58, 94, 116, 132, 200
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January 9, 2019