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    Morobe Province  Papua New Guinea (PNG)
Location
Morobe 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). Borders Oro Province (Northern Province) to the southeast, Gulf Province to the southwest, Eastern Highlands Province to the west and Madang Province to the northwest. To the east borders the Huon Gulf and to the northeast borders Vitiaz Strait and the Bismarck Sea. Further to the east is West New Britain Province on New Britain.

Wartime History
Japanese forces landed at Lae on January 22, 1942. After the area was liberated by the Allies during late 1943, the area was developed into an airfield and base area.

Markham Valley
Markham Valley  located between the Finisterre Range to the north and the Highlands to the south.
Nadzab  located in the Markham Valley developed into Nadzab Airfield complex.
Gusap (Susua, Goosap)  located in the Markham Valley developed into Gusap Airfield complex.
Kaiapit  located in the Ramu Valley.
Boana  located at the northern edge of the Markham Valley.

Mountain Ranges
Finisterre Range (Finisterres)  mountain range on the Huon Peninsula bordering Saruwaged Range.
Saruwaged Range (Sarawaket, Sarawaget)  mountain range on the on the Huon Peninsula bordering Finisterres.
Mount Bangeta (Mount Sarawaged)  located in the Saruwaged Range, highest peak in Morobe Province.
Wantoat  located in the Finisterre Mountains of New Guinea includes prewar Wantoat Airfield.

Lae District
Lae  located on the north coast of New Guinea bordering Huon Gulf includes prewar Lae Airfield.
Malahang  located on the north coast of New Guinea includes prewar Malahang Airfield.

Huon Area
Huon Peninsula  located on the north coast of New Guinea borders Huon Gulf.
Huon Gulf  located on the north coast of New Guinea borders the Huon Peninsula and Lae.
Hopoi  located on the north coast of New Guinea location landing by Australian Army on September 4, 1943.
Sambiang (Sambeang)  located north of Huon Gulf to the east of Lae.
Yambo  borders the Huon Gulf to the east of Hopoi and Lae.
Labu  located at the mouth of the Markham River and Labu Lakes.

Morobe Area
Morobe (Morobe Town)  located on the north coast of New Guinea.
Sio  located on the north coast of New Guinea.
Nambariwa (Nabarewa)  located on the north coast of New Guinea to the west of Sio.
Hercules Bay  located on the north coast of New Guinea.

Offshore Islands, Straits and Seas
Umboi Island (Rooke, Rook)  located between New Guinea and West New Britain.
Sakar Island  located between Umboi Island and West New Britain.
Dampier Strait  located between Umboi Island and West New Britain.
Vitiaz Strait  located between Huon Peninsula on New Guinea and New Britain.
Bismarck Sea  body of water located off northern New Guinea.

Finschafen Area
Finschafen (Finschhafen, Finschaven)  located on the southeast tip of the Huon Peninsula.
Langemak Bay (Langemark , Langemaak)  located to the north of Finschafen.
Dreger Haffen (Dreger Harbor)   located to the south of Finschafen used as a PT Boat base.
Scarlet Beach  located six miles north of Finschafen site of Australian Army landing September 22, 1943.
Kakakog (Kakakogwith)  high ground above the Bumi River and Scarlet Beach.
Tami Island  located near Finschafen.
Sattelberg (Sattleberg)   located in the mountains battle between Australian Army and Japanese Army defenders.
Nassau Bay  located on the north coast of New Guinea June 29-30, 1943 U. S. Army landing.

Salamaua Area
Salamaua  located on an isthmus on the north coast of New Guinea to the south of Lae.
Lababia Island  located to the south of Salamaua.
Logui  located southwest of Salamau includes Salamau Airfield.
Bobdubi  located to the south of the Francisco River.
Komiatum (Kamiaturn)  located to the south of the Francisco River.
Mount Tambu  located at the southern edge of Scout Ridge
Mubo  located inland from Salamaua includes the "The Pimple" ridgeline battlefield.

Wau-Bulolo Area
Bulwa  located to the north of Bulolo
Bulolo  prewar gold rush town in the Bulolo Valley, includes Bulolo Airfield
Wau  prewar gold rush town, includes Wau Airfield.
Kaisenik (Kaisinik)   located to the southeast of Wau.
Skindiwai (Skin Diwai)  located between Wau and Salamaua
Kaisenik (Kaisinik)   located to the southeast of Wau.
Winima  located between Kaisenik to the north and Kudjeru to the south
Kudjeru (Kudjuru)  located at the northeastern end of Bulldog Track used as camp area.
Bulldog Track (Bulldog-Wau Road)  prewar track that spanned from Kudjeru to Bulldog
Wandumi  located to the east of Wau

Prewar Gold Mines
Eddie Creek  prewar gold mine located to the southwest of Wau, includes Eddie Creek Airfield.
Hidden Valley  prewar gold mine located to the southwest of Wau
Black Cat (Blackcat)  prewar gold mine located to the northeast of Wau connected by the Black Cat Trail

Inland Locations
Tsili-Tsili (Tsile-Tsile, Fabua, Gomorok)  located roughly forty miles from Lae with Marilinan to the southeast.
Marilinan (Maralinan)  located to the southeast of Tsili Tsili.
Engati  inland village nearby is Mount Eiyawaiy (Mt. Eiyawaiy).
Mount Strong (Mt. Strong)  elevation 3,588m mountain in the Chapman Range.
Mumeng  located in the mountains near Mount Buang to the southwest of Lae.
Garaina  located in southern Morobe Province.
Aseki  located in southern Morobe Province.
Zenag  located in southern Morobe Province.

Morobe Province Districts
Bulolo District  Mumeng Rural Waria Rural Watut Rural Wau-Bulolo Urban Wau Rural Buang Rural
Finschhafen District  Hube Rural Kotte Rural Finschhafen Urban Yabim-Mape Rural Burum-Kwat Rural
Huon District  Morobe Rural Salamaua Rural Wampar Rural
Kabwum District  Deyamos Rural Komba Rural Selepet Rural Yus Rural
Lae District  Ahi Rural and Lae Urban
Markham District  Onga-Waffa Rural Umi-Atzero Rural Wantoat-Leron Rural
Menyamya District  Kapao Rural Kome Rural Nanima Kariba Rural (Aseki) Wapi Rural
Nawae District  Labuta Rural Nabak Rural Wain-Erap Rural
Tawae-Siassi District  Sialum Rural Siassi Rural Wasu Rural

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Last Updated
May 23, 2020

 

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