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    Ulingan Harbor (Uligan Harbor, Ulingen Harbor) Madang Province Papua New Guinea (PNG)
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38th BG January 8, 1944

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AWM May 21, 1944

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Justin Taylan 2003
Location
Lat 4° 30' 0S Long 145° 25' 0E  Ulingan Harbor is located on the north coast of New Guinea. Borders Ulingan (Uligan, Ulingen). Allied wartime spellings "Ulingan" used by Australians or "Ulingen" used by the U. S. Navy. Prewar and during the Pacific War located in the Territory of New Guinea. Today located in Madang Province in Papua New Guinea (PNG).

Wartime History
In January 1943 Ulingan Harbor was occupied by the Japanese Army causing the local population to flee inland. Ulingan village was developed into a depot area with anti-aircraft guns emplaced to defend the area.

During 1943 until early 1944, the Japanese used the North Coast Road northward from Hansa Bay via Uligan then southward to Madang for transporting supplies. Also, Uligan Harbor was used by Japanese barges moving along the north coast or as a location to hide them during daylight hours.

Between early April 1943 until late May 1944 the Ulingan area was the target of Allied aerial attacks and shore 834bombardments by naval vessels. Between January 1944 to March 1944, several Allied aircraft crashed at this location.

Allied mission against Ulingan Harbor
April 10, 1943–May 21, 1944

During late May 1944, the Ulingan area was liberated by Australian Army soldiers. In June 1944, RAN corvette personnel found a submerged Japanese barge in Ulingan Harbor with a 37mm Anti-Tank Gun Type 94 aboard and salvaged it as a war prize to later present to the citizens of Bundaberg.

Today
Ulingan remains a small village. The adjacent bay is popular for surfing developed by the Surfing Association of Papua New Guinea (SAPNG) and the Tupira Surf Club.

P-39Q Airacobra Serial Number 42-19939
Pilot Diffenderffer crashed April 9, 1944 two miles out to sea, 1 missing

References
At Close Quarters pages 238 (April 10, 1944 bombardment of Ulingen Harbor)
Pub. 164 Sailing Direction (Enroute) pages 219, 277 (index Ulingen Harbor)
The National "Tupira, wonderful cultural" May 12, 2017

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