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Afterwards, they erected a new bridge at this location to move supplies from the coast to Kokoda. After the Japanese began their withdrawal over the Owen Stanley Mountians, Allied aircraft attempted to bomb Wairopi bridge to deprive it as a supply and escape route.
American missions against Wairopi
During the middle of October 1942, a U. S. Army 50 man detachment from Cannon Company led by Captain Medendorp and joined by the rest of the anti-tank companies trekked from Jaure to the Wairopi area to prevent a Japanese attack from Wairopi towards Jaure where Americans troops were trekking over the Kapa Kapa Trail. These troops were known as the "W" or "Wairopi Patrol" established themselves on the east bank of the Kumusi River. This force came under the command of Australian Army General Blamey. On November 9, this force had a a light encounter with the Japanese at Asisi a few miles southeast of Wairopi.
On November 10, Japanese Army 144th Infantry Regiment began retreating eastward past Wairopi. On November 10, 1942 the 900 men of the 41st Infantry commanded by Colonel Yazawa's crossed the Kumusi River. While attempting to cross the river, Japanese General Horii and his chief of staff were drowned at Pinga. During the night of November 12-13, 1942 the main body of roughly 1,200 Japanese crossed the Kumusi River at Wairopi covered by a small rear guard at Ilimo.
During the morning of November 16, 1942 the Australian Army 25 Brigade reached Wairopi and crossed the Kumusi River using an improvised bridge followed by the 16th Brigade, the 2/2d, Lt. Col. C. R. V. Edgar and continued to advance eastward towards the North Coast. During late November 1942, the U. S. Army 32nd Infantry Division, 126th Infantry Regiment, marching over the Kapa Kapa Trail transited Wairopi on their way to the north coast.
Afterwards, the Australians built a new bridge at this location to facilitate movement across the Kumusi River.
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