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15 April 2018

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Fr Garry, it is correct that Japanese planes bombed many mission bases in the highlands. Bombs were dropped at Ega Kundiawa with no casualties but at Mingende it killed a Siambugla girl. Also Goroka base was bombed. No Japanese ground forces entered the highlands.

Some bombs also fell near Mt Hagen. However it appears that it was the Japanese who dropped them. One fell not far from where Koglamp primary school is now located and the place is known as Bomrui (bomb-striking).

Another bomb fell at Rebiamul near the present day Urban Clinic, and one man named Tenta from the Nokpa clan was killed near the present day Rebiamul rugby ground. It is not clear if Tenta was killed by a bomb or by gunfire from a plane.

The Lutheran mission at Oglbeng may also have been bombed. The Japanese may have targeted places that had some signs of development, such as airstrips.

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