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    Mutupina Point (Motupena) Autonomous Region of Bougainville Papua New Guinea (PNG)

Lat -6°31'4.55" Long 155°9'53.87"  Mutupina Point is located on the western coast of Bougainville Island in Papua New Guinea. Borders Gazelle Harbor and Empress Augusta Bay to the west. To the north is Torokina. Also spelled "Motupena". Prewar and during World War II, part of the "North Solomons" or "Northern Solomons" or "Bougainville Province". Today located in Torokina Rural LLG of Autonomous Region of Bougainville in Papua New Guinea (PNG).

Wartime History
During early 1942 occupied by the Japanese and used to a limited degree as an anchorage and barge staging area. Attacked by Allied aircraft during late 1943 until early January 1944. By early Janaury 1944, abandonded by the Japanese as they withdrew inland to the south.

American missions against Mutupina Point
November 24, 1943–January 4, 1944

On January 24, 1945, a platoon from the Australian Army 25th Battalion, "D" Company landed at Motupena Point and set off down the coast towards Toko. Afterwards, this location was developed into a rest area for Australian troops fighting in southern Bougainville.

On July 5, 1945, Royal Highness (HRH) Prince Henry Duke of Gloucester, Governor General of Australia and Australian Army, 2 Corps General Officer Commanding (GOC) Lieutenant General Stanley George Savige toured Motupena Point and 2/1 Australian General Hospital.

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Last Updated
October 23, 2019


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