Pongani

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Pongani is a village on the north coast of Papua New Guinea in Dyke Ackland Bay.

History[edit]

During World War II, the area around the village was used as a staging area for allied forces for the Battle of Buna-Gona. The United States 126th Infantry Regiment and 128th Infantry Regiment of the 32nd Infantry Division together with Australian 2/6th Independent Company staged in Pongani before heading towards offensives in Buna, Sanananda and Gona.

A US Army supply dump was constructed in the area and was used for supplies coming via sea, and later after Pongani Airfield was built, by air.

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Coordinates: 9°04′S 148°34′E / 9.067°S 148.567°E / -9.067; 148.567