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Lat 22° 16' 0S Long 166° 26' 60E Nouméa is located in the South Province in New Caledonia. Borders Nouméa Harbor. Today, Nouméa is the national capital of New Caledonia and provincial capital of South Province. Also known as Noumea.
During World War II, Nouméa was occupied by the U. S. Navy (USN). Code named "EPIC" and "POPPY".
Harbor located at Nouméa, Nickel Docks
Nouméa Harbor Seaplane Base
Harbor used as a seaplane landing area early in the war
US Memorial at Nouméa
The inscription reads: "In Honor of the US Forces who by their presence during the Pacific war from March 1942 to February 1946 insured the freedom of New Caledonia her people are deeply grateful. 13 Aout 1992".
Located at Anse-Vata on Ouen-Toro Mount are the old naval guns, which protected the maritime access to Nouméa's Harbor.
Nouméa Town Hall
Former town hall has wartime relics on display, including the engine from P-39K 42-4393.
Built during the war, two miles northeast of town. Still in use today
Tontouta Airfield (La Tontouta)
Located 23 miles northwest of Nouméa, prewar airfield used during the war by Americans.
Nicolas Duprey reports:
"There are a lot of US dumps around Noumea, often in the water. In a ground discharge I have found a metal quarter with the inscriptions J W Bacon, SAVANNAH, a USN food board, a USN spoon, an other passionate said to us that he discovered 5 dog tags in it! In the water dumps there are trucks, jeeps and other. Sometimes I do scuba diving, and during my last dive I saw ten 155mm shells! But in all of these dumps all the interesting equipment was stolen and the rest isn't in good state or interesting."
Ousassio Hill (Kimball Hill, Mount Kimball)
Feature near Tontouta Airfield named Kimball Hill after the crash of R4D-1 Dakota 01981 on October 9, 1942
Overlooks the Mount Mou Valley, Tontouta Lagoon and a moss forest.
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