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    Manam Island Madang Province Papua New Guinea (PNG)
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5th AF c1943

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Justin Taylan 2003

Keith Hopper 2016

Manam Island is an active volcanic cone, located at the southeast corner of Hansa Bay and clearly visible from the entire area. To the west is Awar Point (Condor Point) and southwest is Stephan Strait and Hansa Bay. Today located in Madang Province in Papua New Guinea (PNG). The peak of the volcano is 4,265' / 1,300m elevation.

Wartime History
During early 1943, occupied by the Japanese Army. At the edge of Hansa Bay, Manam Island was occasionally attacked by Allied aircraft.

On May 29, 1943 heavy and medium bombers, operating individually or in flights of two bombers, attack targets including Manam Island.

On March 7, 1944 during the early morning, PT-337 was sunk in Hansa Bay with the crew in a life raft drifted towards Manam Island. Several of the crew attempted to swim to the island to locate food and water but spotted Japanese ashore and returned to their life raft. On March 11, 1944 five of the surviving crew were rescued by a PBY Catalina that landed off Manam Island to rescue them escorted by two P-47 Thunderbolts.

During the late 1990s, Manam erupted ash.

Pub. 164 Sailing Direction (Enroute) New Guinea (1994) page 220

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October 23, 2019


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