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    Lake Sentani (Sentani Lake) Jayapura Regency | Papua Province Indonesia
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USN April 16, 1944

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Carl R. Thien

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Jack Heyn 1944
Lake Sentani is a large freshwater lake located inland from the north coast of western New Guinea. Also known as "Sentani Lake". To the north is Sentai southwest of Hollandia. To the northwest was Sentani Drome and north was Cyclops Drome and beyond the Cyclops Mountains. Prewar and during the Pacific War, located in Dutch New Guinea (DNG) in the Netherlands East Indies (NEI). Between 1963-2007 part of Irian Jaya. Today located in Jayapura Regency in Papua Province in Indonesia.

Native villages built on stilts surrounded portions of Lake Sentani.

Wartime History
During April 1942 occupied by the Japanese Army until they withdrew in late April 1944. During the Japanese occupation shoreline of the lake was developed into camp areas and dumps.

In late April 1944, the U.S. Army advancing from Hollandia occupied the Lake Sentani area and developed camp areas on the shore. Immediately afterwards, Lake Sentani was used as a seaplane operating area for PBY Catalinas supporting the advance inland.

Later, when the Hollandia became a U.S. Army base area, Lake Sentani was used for amphibious training and used by DUKW "Duck" amphibious trucks. Senior officers had recreational boats on the lake. Until the end of the Pacific War, used as a recreational area for American personnel for swimming and relaxation on the surrounding beaches.

Tim Maynard adds:
"We located a landing craft (LCVP) in Lake Sentani, near Hollandia at 72'. Also an A-20 in Lake Sentani."

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