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September 13, 1945
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Cape Wom Airfield was located on Cape Wom on the north coast of New Guinea. Also known as "Wom Airfield", or "Wom Point Airfield". To the east is Wewak and offshore to the northeast is Raboin Island. Prewar and during the Pacific War part of the Territory of New Guinea. Today located in Wewak District of East Sepik Province in Papua New Guinea (PNG).
Prewar, built by the Catholic missionaries as a single runway running roughly northwest to southeast.
World War II Pacific Theatre History
Occupied by the Japanese during December 1942 until May 1945. It is unconfirmed if the Japanese used Cape Wom Airfield during their occupation.
On September 13, 1945 Imperial Japanese Army (IJA) 18th Army commander Lt General Hatazo Adachi, with Captain Iwama and three officers were flown from Hayfield Airfield to Wewak Airfield and then transported by jeep to Cape Wom Airfield.
At 10:00am the Japanese including Lt General Hatazo Adachi and his staff walked passed 3,000 Australian Army personnel from the 6th Division, Royal Australian Air Force (RAAF) and Royal Australian Navy (RAN). At 10:15am, Adachi signed the instrument of surrender and handed his sword to Australian Army Major-General H. C. H. Robertson. Afterwards, the Japanese attended meetings with Australian Army staff to discuss arrangements related to the surrender.
Wom Memorial Park
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