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    Kaiapit (Kaiapit Mission) Morobe Province Papua New Guinea (PNG)
Location
Lat 6° 15' 0S Long 146° 16' 60E  Kaiapit is located an elevation of 1,069' / 325m in the Ramu Valley in New Guinea. Also known as Kaiapit Mission. To the southeast roughly 45 miles away is Nadzab. To the northwest is the Markham Valley and Dumpu. Prewar and during the Pacific War located in the Territory of New Guinea. Today located in Morobe Province in Papua New Guinea (PNG).

Prewar
Kaiapit Mission was established at this location.

Wartime History
After the Allied landings at Nadzab and Lae, a Japanese Army force equivalent to roughly a brigade, moved down the Ramu Valley in a last ditch attempt to recapture Nadzab. Just before the Japanese reached Kaiapit, the Australian Army 2/6th Australian Commando Squadron and Papuan Infantry Battalion (PIB) B Company arrived and ambushed the Japanese force when it arrived. Surprised, the Japanese fanned out but were quickly routed and the survivors withdrew up the Markham Valley towards Dumpu. On October 4, 1943 Dumpu was occupied by Australian troops without opposition.

American missions against Kaiapit
June 27, 1943–September 20, 1943

Today
During the 1980s, a landslide covered much of the 1943 battlefield area.

Kaiapit Airfield
Prewar airfield used to a limited capacity by the Allies but not further developed

B-24D "Toughy" Serial Number 42-40525
Pilot Terpning crashed May 7, 1944 discovered 1974

Vultee Vengence Serial Number A27-83
Pilot Pike force landed February 27, 1944 wreckage remained until 1960s

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Last Updated
March 22, 2020

 

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