9° 4' 0S Long 148° 34' 0E Located 40 miles from Buna,
and about 10 miles from Oro Bay.Village
on the north coast of New Guinea on Dyke Acland Bay.
area was a staging area for the battles of Buna / Gona. Both
American and Australian infantry units staged thru Pongani
before entering battle in the Buna area offensives, included
the US 32nd Infantry
Division's 128th and 126th Infantry
Regiments - National Guardsmen from Michigan and Wisconsin, then
commanded by Major General Edwin E. Harding.
Pongani US Army
US Army 32nd Infantry Division's 128th Infantry Regiment established
its supply dump at Pongani. Since there was no wharf or pier, supplies
were unloaded at night and taken aboard smaller boats or native canoes
ashore. As Japanese air power was still in the area, Allied
boats fled by dawn.
Built by Americans in late October 1942 to support the Buna / Gona campaign, disused today.
OA-10 Catalina Serial
Pilot Smith crashed October 15, 1943 discovered 1944
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October 25, 2012