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December 19, 1943
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Justin Taylan 1993

Madang Harbor borders Madang and the harbor includes many small islands and reefs including Kranket Island, Biliau Island and further to the north is Siar Island. Today located in Madang Province in Papua New Guinea (PNG).

World War I
During late September 1914, SMS Cormoran departed Madang Harbor just before Allied forces arrived. On September 24, 1914, the Australian Naval and Military Expeditionary Force (AN&MEF) entered Madang Harbor and occupied Madang without any opposition. The SS Matunga was the first commercial vessel to arrive at Madang docked at Madang wharf in October 1914.

World War II
On January 1, 1943 the Japanese Army occupied Madang and the surrounding area. Madang Harbor was used by the Japanese during January 1943 until April 1944. Several Japanese transports and ships were sunk into the harbor.

Allied missions against Madang Harbor
December 13, 1942 - April 26, 1944

On April 24, 1944 the Australian Army occupied the area. Afterwards, Madang Harbor was used by Allied ships and as an flying boat base for the remainder of the war.

Madang Seaplane Base (Madang Anchorage)
Area of Madang Harbor used for seaplane operations by RAAF after liberation

Biliau Island
Located in Madang Harbor directly north of Madang Airport

Siar Island
Island off Madang and Madang Harbor

Binnen Harbor
Small harbor near Madang Harbor.

HMAS Terka (TR)
Sunk March 26, 1945

The Last New Guinea Salvage Pirate by Fritz Herscheid, page 107:
"I negotiated the purchase of several wrecks from W. R. Carpenters (TPNG) Limited. They originally purchased the wrecks from the Administration in August 1946. The Administration records showed there were some fifteen smaller wrecks scattered in and around Madang, mostly LCM, luggers but also Japanese freighters."

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October 23, 2019


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