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George Strock Sept 1942

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Strock/Taylan 1942/2016
Lat 10° 4' 60S Long 147° 43' 0E  Hood Point is located on the southern coast of New Guinea. Hood Point includes several villages including Hula, Alewai, Irupara, Makirupu, Kamali and Babaga. Borders Hood Bay to the east and Beagle Bay to the west. Prewar and during the Pacific War known as the Central District of the Territory of Papua. Today located in the Rigo District of Central Province in Papua New Guinea (PNG).

Wartime History
During the Pacific War, air combat between Allied and Japanese aircraft occurred over Hood Bay. By late 1942, Hula Airfield (Hood Point Airfield) was built as an emergency landing ground.

Allied missions over Hood Point
May 29, 1942

Located on the western shore of Hood Point

Hula Airfield (Hood Point Airfield)
Emergency runway used by the USAAF and RAAF during the war

B-17E "Frank Buck" 41-2659
Pilot Holsey force landed September 15, 1942 later successfully flown back to Port Moresby

P-39D Airacobra 41-6982
Pilot Brown, force landed April 30 1942 Hood Point, repaired October 15, 1942

B-25C "The Queen" 41-12472
Pilot Heiss MIA September 4, 1942 between Hood Point and Keppel Point

DB-7B "Rocky's Girl" A28-13
Pilot Mullens crashed June 1, 1943 into the sea off Hood Point

B-25C "RHIP" 42-32293
Pilot Brooksby MIA July 14, 1943

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Last Updated
September 22, 2021


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