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    West New Britain Province (WNB)  Papua New Guinea (PNG)

Location
West New Britain Province (WNB) includes the western half of New Britain. Borders East New Britain Province to the east, the Bismarck Sea to the north, Solomon Sea to the south and Vitiaz Strait to the west. This province was established during the 1960s by the Australian Administration.

Wartime History
During the Pacific War, occupied by the Japanese. As part of a plan to advance Allied airfields closer to Rabaul, Americans forces made a diversionary landing at Arawe on December 15, 1943 then the main landing at Cape Gloucester on December 26, 1943. During early 1944, Americans advanced on the northern coast and pushing the Japanese eastwards.

   Cape Gloucester area on the western end of New Britain
 American landing December 26, 1943
 Located five miles inland from Cape Gloucester
 Located to the east of Cape Gloucester
  located between Umboi Island and West New Britain
    Open Bay area on the north coast of New Britain
  Located on the northern coast of New Britain
  Village bordering Open Bay
  Located on the north coast of New Britain
  Located on the north coast of New Britain
  Village located on the north coast of New Britain
  Village located on the north coast of New Britain
    Willaumez Peninsula area on the north coast of New Britain
 Located to the east of Cape Gloucester
  Located on the north coast of New Britain bordering Kimbe Bay
  Site of the U. S. Marine landing on Willaumez Peninsula
  Prewar German Catholic mission station
  Prewar Australian administration and small airfield
  Located off the eastern side of the Willaumez Peninsula
  Town founded in 1969 at former San Remo Plantation
  Located on the northern coast of New Britain
  Plantation south of Talasea peninsula near Kimbe
  Japanese airfield, recaptured and used by Allies
  Island offshore from Hoskins
  Small Japanese airstrip, west of Hoskins
    South coast of New Britain
  American landing December 15, 1943
  Harbor off Arawe
  Located on the southern coast of New Britain
  Located off Gasmata
  Located east of Gasmata, occupied by Japanese
  Located 25 miles east of Gasmata
  Located at the western tip of New Britain
  Located on the southern coast of New Britain
  Located on the west coast of West New Britain
   Witu Island Group (Vitu)
 Island group located to the north of New Britain
 Located in the Witu Island Group, Meto and Peterhafen
 Located in the Witu Island Group
 Located in the Witu Island Group
 Located in the Witu Island Group

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Last Updated
July 10, 2017

 

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