Wewak, NG

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Wewak, Papua, New Guinea on the northern coast was the administrative center for the Sepik district of the Trust Territory of New Guinea in 1963. We were providing upper air weather support to the 1370th Photo Mapping Wing, Aerial Survey Team 7 (AST7) for the photo mapping of the Western Pacific. I spent three and a half months here with two other airmen. We lived in an Englishman's house and sometimes used his car, our weather site was just a short walk away. Again the Aussies treated us just great and couldn't be more open and friendly.

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Flight to Wewak

Looking out the window of a C-54 enroute to Wewak on the northern coast.

River Outlet

The North Coast has some spectacular views including this small river emptying into the bay.

White Coral Beach

One of the hundreds of white coral beaches along the northern coast.

More Coast

Another view of coast with peninsulas jutting out into the Pacific.

Dormant Volcano

A dormant volcano snags a cloud with it's high pointed peak.

Over the Interior

Flying over the desolate interior we spotted an abandoned WWII airstrip used by the Japanese.

Ring of Fire

An active volcano along coast releases steam. An active area, we were shaken by a few minor earth tremors during our stay.

Green Velvet Hills

It always looked like a comfortable place of greenish blue velvet hills with pathways atop the ridge.

Almost Wewak

This area just out just to the east of Wewak, we're almost there.

On the Ground

CMSgt Morris and SMSgt Thompson exchange greetings with the troops after landing. 9/'63

Home Away From Home

The house we lived in during our stay at Wewak. The landlord was an Englishman who shared his house with us.

Airman Wilson

Taking a walk in the yard. House in background is where houseboy and his family live. Im e good pella.

Airman Guay

Someone took my picture on the front steps of our house.

Warehouses & Port

Wewak is a busy place and supply point for many interior villages and for the Catholic and Protestant Missions.

Road to Village

Amn Wilson at top of street leading to port and village center.

Looking Uphill From Village

The main road from the port and village to oval and residential area. Jim Crawfords workshop on right.

Protestant Mission

Houses belonging to the missions who do a lot of work in this area.

Catholic Missionary

There were many Catholic and Irish missionaries from the Boston area and Ireland.

Village Road

Road in the higher section of town where we lived and near our site.

Road by Rawin Site

This pic was taken next to our Rawin site.

Another Road

This unpaved road was also next to our Rawin site and a short walk to our house.

View From Above

Village center is below.

A Turnaround

A Wewak version of Cul-de-sac.

Veteran's Memorial

A WWII Veteran's Memorial in the upper town.

Wewak Coast

Looking SW from upper town.

Wewak Coast

Looking SE from upper town.


Wewak harbor looking West.

Market Place

Natives set up vegetables, fruit and whatever for sale daily.

Shopping District

Many small stores along this street selling a variety of imported goods.

More Shops

Our landlord at right takes a walk for a shopping spree.

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