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    Ulingan (Uligan) Madang Province¬†Papua New Guinea (PNG)
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38th BG January 8, 1944

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AWM May 21, 1944

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Justin Taylan 2003

Location
Lat 4° 30' 0S Long 145° 25' 0E ¬†Ulingan is located on the north coast of New Guinea. Connected by the North Coast Road to Madang in the south and Hansa Bay to the north. To the west is Meiwok (Mawok). Also known as "Uligan". Prewar, Uligan Township and Uligan Mission were situated along the shore.

Wartime History
During January 1943, occupied by the Japanese Army. During the occupation, local people fled inland. During 1943 until early 1944, the Japanese used the North Coast Road from Uligan Harbor down to Madang for transporting supplies. Uligan Harbor was used by Japanese barges traveling down the coast or as a location to hide during daylight hours to escape Allied detection. Ulingan village was developed into a depot area. Anti-aircraft guns were emplaced around Ulingan Harbor.

During April 10, 1943 until May 21, 1944 the Ulingan area was the target of Allied aerial attacks and shore bombardments.

Allied mission against Ulingan
April 10, 1943 - May 21, 1944

During late May 1944, the Ulingan area was liberated by Australian forces in late May 1944. During June 1944, RAN corvette personnel found a submerged Japanese barge in Ulingan Harbor with a 37mm Anti-Tank Gun Type 94 aboard and salvaged for presentation to the citizens of Bundaberg as a war prize.

Japanese Memorial
Constructed during 2002, this simple memorial is written and Japanese. One side says in Tok Pidgin: "Mi Sori No Gat Moa Pait".

B-25G Mitchell Serial Number 42-64766
Pilot Braun crashed January 8, 1944

B-25G Mitchell Serial Number 42-64827
Pilot Freek crashed January 16, 1944 located 1946

B-25D "Sticky Kitty" Serial Number 42-87286
Pilot Brown crashed February 6, 1944 located 1946 into shallow water

P-40N Kittyhawk Serial Number A29-537
Pilot Weber crashed March 3, 1944

P-39Q Airacobra Serial Number 42-19939
Pilot Diffenderffer crashed April 9, 1944 two miles out to sea

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January 11, 2018

 

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