6° 15' 0S Long 146° 16' 60E Kaiapit village is located an elevation of 1,069' / 325m in the Ramu Valley in New Guinea. Roughly 45 miles to the southeast is Nadzab. Prewar and during the Pacific War located in the Territory of New Guinea. Today located in Morobe
Province in Papua
New Guinea (PNG).
Kaiapit Mission was established at this location.
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 retake Nadzab. The 2/6th Australian Commando
Squadron and B Company Papuan Infantry Battalion arrived at Kaiapit
just before the leading elements of the Japanese force. The Japanese
fanned out but were quickly routed and 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 - September 20, 1943
Much of the WWII battlefield area was covered
over during a natural land slide in the 1980's.
Prewar airfield, surveyed by US Army but not further developed
"Toughy" Serial Number 42-40525
Pilot Terpnin, MIA May 7, 1944. Discovered 1974
Vultee Vengence Serial Number A27-83
Pilot ? force landed February 27, 1944 wreckage remained until 1960s
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October 23, 2019