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    Finisterre Range (Finisterres)  Papua New Guinea (PNG)
Lat 5° 49' 60S Long 146° 7' 0E  The Finisterre Range (Finisterres) is a mountain range located on the Huon Peninsula near the northern coast of New Guinea. Also known as simply the "Finisterres". Borders the Markham Valley and Ramu Valley to the south, the Saruwaged Range to the southeast and Astrolabe Bay to the northwest. The range includes Shaggy Ridge. Today, the Finisterre Range encompasses Morobe Province and Madang Province in Papua New Guinea (PNG).

Wartime History
The Finisterre Mountains were not occupied by either the Japanese or Allied forces. During late 1943, retreating Japanese forces from the Lae and Salamaua area crossed the Finisterre Mountains as they retreated to the north coast towards Madang. During their trek, many died of starvation or exposure along the way. During 1944, many American aircraft crashed into the Finisterre Mountains due to navigation or weather related accidents.

B-24D "Ready, Willing & Able" Serial Number 42-41135
Pilot Drewelow MIA March 5, 1944

P-47D Thunderbolt Serial Number 42-22896 Tail 91
Pilot Gaffney MIA March 11, 1944 wreckage found 1998
remains recovered case resolved

A-20G "Francie II" Serial Number 42-54117 Tail W
Pilot Hansen MIA March 13, 1944 discovered 1983

A-20G Havoc Serial Number 42-54082
Pilot Pollard MIA March 13, 1944 discovered 1983

A-20G Havoc Serial Number 42-54085
Pilot Miars MIA March 13, 1944 discovered 1983

CA-9 Wirraway Serial Number A20-480
Pilot Unkles MIA April 15, 1944 discovered 1998

B-24J "Here T'is" Serial Number 42-72946
Pilot Cooley MIA April 16, 1944 "Black Sunday" discovered 2002

B-24J Mitchell Serial Number 42-100225
Pilot Paschal MIA April 16, 1944 "Black Sunday" discovered 2002

P-38H "Corky Jr." 42-66668
Pilot Keown MIA April 16, 1944 "Black Sunday" reported 2005 remains recovered, resolved

P-47D Thunderbolt Serial Number 42-22687 Tail 71
Pilot Lutes MIA April 29, 1944 aircraft salvaged 2004. Pilot Lutes remains Missing In Action case unresolved

B-25D Mitchell Serial Number 41-30182
Pilot Hurst MIA July 1, 1944 wreckage found postwar, remains recovered, resolved

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Last Updated
October 23, 2019


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