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USAAF c1943

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Frances Lasker c1947

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Andrew Wright 1994

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Justin Taylan 2005

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US Army November 1942

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Australian Army 1943

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Harumi Sakaguchi 2004

Lat 9° 28' 60S Long 147° 10' 60E  Port Moresby is located on a peninsula that includes Paga Hill, Ela Beach and the wharf area on the southern coast of New Guinea bordering Fairfax Harbor to the northwest and Walter Bay to the southeast. Also known as simply "Town", "Moresby" or "Mosbi" (in Tok Pisin). Today, Port Moresby is located in the National Capital District (NCD) of Papua New Guinea.

Port Moresby was a small administrative center for the Australian territories of Papua and New Guinea.

Wartime History
During the Pacific War, Port Moresby was the strategic objective of the Japanese on two occasions. First, in early May 1942 during the Battle of Coral Sea and second in late September 1942 by the Japanese Army advance over the Kokoda Trail across the Owen Stanley Range. Between January 1942 until September 1943 Port Moresby was targeted by Japanese bombers and fighter aircraft. Most attacks targeted Allied shipping, airfields and military installations.

Japanese missions against Port Moresby
January 28, 1942 - September 20, 1943

During 1942-1944, the Port Moresby area was developed into a major American and Australian staging area and airfield complex to support the Allied offensive to push the Japanese out of New Guinea. Designated "Base D" by the US Army Letter Base designation.

Port Moresby is the national capital of Papua New Guinea (PNG). The town has grown and many traces of the war have been removed or disappeared. The PNG National Museum has a large collection of war relics and artifacts. To this day, wartime Marston Matting / PSP (Pierced Steel Planking) is still used as fences, sidewalks or animal pens.

Burns Philips Building
Built prewar, overlooks the wharf area and survived the war undamaged, across from the Papuan Hotel. R
emains and is used by small shops until it burned down in late 2005.

Papuan Hotel
This prewar hotel was taken over by American forces and used as a HQ. It survived the war, Burned down during the 1960s.

Troops Club
Located in Port Moresby town, operated by the US Canteen Services. Today is near the present day Crown Plaza Hotel.

Port Moresby Masonic Lodge (Lodge No. 292)
Established on September 30, 1922 by A .W. Woolfrey. Originally located on Port Road. During 1941, closed due to the Pacific War. During 1942, a member of RAAF 30 Squadron held a meeting in June Valley. On September 4, 1944 the lodge was reopened. During 1955, relocated to a new building, across from the Crown Plaza Hotel where it remains to this today. The lodge has painted RAAF, AIF and 5th Air Force logo from the war on display.

    Port Moresby Areas
  feature located at the southwestern edge of Port Moresby
  located at the southern edge of Port Moresby
  located to the east of Port Moresby
  located to the east of Port Moresby
  PNG Parliament and former 5 Mile Drome
  Northern area of the town
  Area to the north of Konedobu
  Dump north of Port Moresby 116th Station Hospital
  Area to the southeast of Waigani
  Located to the east of town
  Area to the north of the University of PNG
  Peak behind Port Moresby
  Located near Bootless Bay and 7 Mile Drome
  Large swamp to the north of Port Moresby to the east of Gerehu
    Port Moresby Airfield
  Airfield for fighters and bombers
  Airfield for bombers and transport planes
  Jackson Airport, still in use today by Air Nugini
  Fighter and bomber base near Bomana
  Also known as Laloki.
  Fighter and medium bomber base
  Fighter and medium bomber base
  Emergency landing strip
  Located at Fairfax Harbor
    Port Moresby Harbors and Offshore Islands
  Borders Port Moresby
Tatana Island   located at the northeastern edge of Fairfax Harbor
Motukea Island   located at the northern edge of Fairfax Harbor
  located at the entrance of Fairfax Harbor
  located to the south of Fairfax Harbor and Port Moresby
  located to the of Port Moresby bordering Roku village
  Bay to the east of Port Moresby, Local Island
  Island inside Joyce Bay, offshore Koki (2-Mile)
  Island inside Joyce Bay, offshore Koki (2-Mile)
  located to the east of Port Moresby on the southern coast
  located at the northwestern corner of Bootless Bay
  Coastal feature at west entrance of Bootless Bay
    Port Moresby Gun Batteries and Fortifications
  Largest, three gun battery to the west of Moresby
  Gun battery & radar set on hill
  Gun position on offshore island
  Gun position at Bootless Bay
  Gun position west of Port Moresby
   Australian 3.7" Heavy Anti-Aircraft Battery

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Last Updated
September 9, 2018


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