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    Madang Province  Papua New Guinea (PNG)
Location
Madang Province is located on the north coast of New Guinea. Prewar and during the Pacific War located in the Territory of New Guinea. Today located in Papua New Guinea (PNG). The provincial capital is Madang (Madang Town). Borders Morobe Province to the southeast, Eastern Highlands Province, Chimbu Province (Simbu) to the south and Western Highlands Province to the southwest, East Sepik Province to the west and Bismarck Sea to the north.

Wartime History
On January 1, 1943 the Japanese Army, 18th Army including the 20th Division and 41st Division with supporting personnel occupied Madang and the surround areas. During April 1943, the Imperial Japanese Army (IJA) 18th Army commander Lt. General Hatazo Adachi established his headquarters at Madang until withdrawing to Wewak.

Inland is Dumpu, the base from where the attack on Shaggy Ridge was launched by the Australian Army. As Japanese forces retreated from Lae over the Finnesteire Mountain towards Madang, many died of starvation and disease.

The Madang area was bypassed by American forces by their landed at Hollandia on April 22, 1944. The Australian Army 7th Division advanced along the coat and liberated Madang on April 25, 1944 and developed the area into a base area to support operations northward along the North Coast Road.

Madang Town Area
Madang (Madang Town)  located on the north coast bordering Madang Harbor.
Madang Harbor  boders Madang and includes many small islands.
Kranket Island  located in Madang Harbor off Madang.
Biliau Island  located in Madang Harbor north of Madang Airfield.
Siar Island  located to the north of Madang Harbor and Madang.
Pig Island (Tab Island)  located to the north of Madang Harbor and Madang.

Amaimon  inland village to the west of Madang.
Wabusarik  inland village to the west of Madang.
Simbai  inland village to the west of Madang.

Alexishafen Area

Alexishafen (Alexishaven)  located on the north coast Catholic mission and prewar airfield used by Japanese.
Alexishafen Catholic Mission  built prewar and still in use today
Danip  located to the north of Alexishafen, Japanese built airfield.
Amron (Nob Nob, Nobanob, Moto Zan, Motozan)  hilltop located to the south of Alexishafen.
Sek Harbor  borders Alexishafen off the north coast of New Guinea.
Wongat Island  located to th east of Alexishafen
Cape Croisilles  located to the north of Alexishafen.
Nake  inland village located to the west of Alexishafen.
Admosin Island  located off Alexishafen mission southeast of Sek Harbor.
Megas Island  located off Alexishafen mission southeast of Sek Harbor.
Sek Island  located off Alexishafen Japanese supply base.
Megas Island  located off Alexishafen mission southeast of Sek Harbor.

North Coast of New Guinea

North Coast Road  built by the Germans connected the north coast of New Guinea.
Karkar Island (Kar Kar)   located off the north coast of New Guinea between Alexishafen and Ulingan Harbor.
Bagabag Island  located off the north coast of New Guinea between Alexishafen and Ulingan Harbor.
Astrolabe Bay  borders the north coast of New Guinea and Madang.
Yabob  located on the north coast of New Guinea bordering Astrolabe Bay.
Jomba Island (Yomba Island)  small island east of Madang.
Bil Bil (Bili Bili)  located on the north coast of New Guinea bordering Astrolabe Bay.
Bil Bil Island (Bili Bili Island)  located in Astrolabe Bay off Bil Bil (Bili Bili).
Kepler Point  located on the north coast of New Guinea bordering Astrolabe Bay.
Erima  located on the north coast of New Guinea bordering Astrolabe Bay.
Rai Coast  portion of the north coast of New Guinea borders Astrolabe Bay.

Bogadjim Road (Bogadjim-Yaula Road)
Bogadjim located on the north coast of New Guinea bordering Astrolabe Bay, start of the Bogadjim Road.
Bogadjim Road (Bogadjim-Yaula Road)  built by the Japanese Army to connect Bogadjim to Yaula.
Stephansort  located on the north coast established by the Germans then abanodned.
Mindjim River (Minjeng River)  the mouth is located on the north coast of New Guinea.
Bauak  inland village connected by the Bogadjim Road.
Kwato  inland village connected by the Bogadjim Road.
Yaula  inland village connected by the Bogadjim Road.
Daumoina  inland village connected by the Bogadjim Road.
Yokopi (Wagobi, Saiba, Saipa or Saipa 1)  located to the the Finisterre Range.

Saidor Area

Saidor  located on the north coast of New Guinea Saidor Airfield.
Long Island (Arop, Ahrup, Pono)  located in the Vitiaz Strait off the off the north coast of New Guinea.
Crown Island  located to the northwest of Long Island between the Vitiaz Strait and Bismarck Sea.
Dumun  inland village used by the Japanese as an outpost.
Gabutamon  inland village shelled by U.S. Army 75mm howitzers.
Biliau (Beliau)   located on the coast of New Guinea including Yamai Airfield.

Ramu Valley

Ramu River large river in the Ramu Valley.
Ramu Valley  includes the Ramu Valley in northern New Guinea.
Annanberg (Annenberg)  borders the Ramu River includes prewar Annenberg Mission.
Atemble (Atemple)  borders the Ramu River.
Siniap  located in Ramu Valley to the north of the Ramu River.
Kesawai  located on the eastern side of the Eviria River and Ramu River in the Ramu Valley.
Dumpu  located in the Ramu Valley.
Faita  located in the Ramu Valley includes Faita Airfield.
Braman  located in the Ramu Valley near Faita.
Musak  located in the Ramu Valley.
Chugabaru (Chungreru)  located to the west of the Ramu River in the Ramu Valley.

Gogol River Area
Mawan  inland village to the north of the Gogol River in the interior of New Guinea.
Efu  inland village to the north of the Gogol River in the interior of New Guinea.
Amaimon  located to the west of the Gogol River in the interior of New Guinea.
Utu (Utu Mission)  located to the west of the Gogol River in the interior of New Guinea.
Silopi (Silipi)  located to the west of the Gogol River in the interior of New Guinea.

Mountain Ranges
Finisterre Range (Finisterres)  inland mountain range on the Huon Peninsula.
Shaggy Ridge  located in the Finisterre Range battlefield between the Australian Army and Japanese.
Tauta  located at an elevation of 4,038' in the Finisterre Range.
Adelbert Mountains  inland mountain range to the northwest of Madang.

Hansa Bay Area
Hansa Bay  located on the north coast of New Guinea.
Manam Island  volcanic cone island located off Hansa Bay.
Laing Island  volcanic cone island located off Hansa Bay.
Stephan Strait  located between Hansa Bay and Manam Island.
Nubia  located at the center of Hansa Bay includes Old Nubia Airfield and Nubia Airfield.
Awar (Condor Point)  located at the wester edge of Hansa Bay includes Awar Airfield.
Ramu River  the mouth of the Ramu River empties into the sea northwest of Hansa Bay.

Marine Features
Bismarck Sea  located off the north coast of New Guinea.
Vitiaz Strait  located off the north coast of New Guinea.

Bogia District
Bogia  located on the north coast of New Guinea southwest of Hansa Bay.
Kolakola Island  located off Bogia.
Ulingan (Uligan, Ulingen)  located on the north coast of New Guinea between Bogia and Madang.
Kronprinz Harbor  located on the north coast of New Guinea.
Meiwok (Mawok, Mawock, Meivok)  located to the west of Ulingan includes postwar Kelcia Airfield.
Bunabun Harbor  located on the north coast of New Guinea between Madang and Hansa Bay.
Cape Gourdon  located on the north coast of New Guinea.
Malas  located on the north coast of New Guinea between Madang and Hansa Bay.

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Last Updated
February 13, 2021

 

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