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    Balim Valley (Hidden Valley, Shangri-La) Jayawijaya Regency | Papua Province Indonesia
Location
The Balim Valley is located deep in the mountains in the interior of western New Guinea. The area is inhabited by the Dani people. Prewar and during the Pacific War located in Dutch New Guinea (DNG) in the Netherlands East Indies (NEI). Today located Papua Province (Irian Jaya) in Indonesia. To the east is the internation border with Papua New Guinea (PNG) and West Sepik Province (Sandaun Province).

Prewar
During 1938, the Dani people were first discovered by American explorer Richard Archbold during his third New Guinea expedition.

Wartime History
During the Pacific War, the Balim Valley was nicknamed "Shangri-La" or "Hidden Valley" by the Americans. Although not directly impacted, Allied aircraft overflew the area.

C-47A "Gremlin Special / Guinea Gopher" Serial Number 42-23952
Pilot Peterson crashed in May 13, 1945 three survivors rescued June 28, 1945 by CG-4A glider

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Last Updated
May 23, 2020

 

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