Exploring World War II Relics

During World War II (WWII) Papua New Guinea was exposed to intense fighting, including battles on land, sea and air that continued throughout the entire war. Today, PNG is an alluring destination for travellers wanting an authentic experience like no other. A wonderland for history buffs, war relics are littered throughout the country, many just as they once were, some restored and others that are being preserved in Museums.
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It is the Kokoda Trail which Papua New Guinea (PNG) is most famous for. It was along this trail in World War II where Australians fought alongside their Papuan allies against an invading Japanese force.

It is the Kokoda Trail which Papua New Guinea (PNG) is most famous for. It was along this trail in World War II where Australians fought alongside their Papuan allies against an invading Japanese force.

A plane wreck in New Britain Province, PNG  http://www.pagahillestate.com/exploring-world-war-ii-relics/

A plane wreck in New Britain Province, PNG http://www.pagahillestate.com/exploring-world-war-ii-relics/

Papua New Guinea saw a lot of action during World War II, and the relics of these battles can still be found in the jungle today.  http://www.pagahillestate.com/exploring-world-war-ii-relics/

Papua New Guinea saw a lot of action during World War II, and the relics of these battles can still be found in the jungle today. http://www.pagahillestate.com/exploring-world-war-ii-relics/

Kokomo War Museum contains a large collection of relics and parts of airplanes shot down in the Rabaul region during the Second World War.  http://www.pagahillestate.com/exploring-world-war-ii-relics/

Kokomo War Museum contains a large collection of relics and parts of airplanes shot down in the Rabaul region during the Second World War. http://www.pagahillestate.com/exploring-world-war-ii-relics/

A destroyed Mitsubishi Ki-21 “Sally” bomber at Lakunai Airfield, Rabaul, Papua New Guinea.  http://www.pagahillestate.com/exploring-world-war-ii-relics/

A destroyed Mitsubishi Ki-21 “Sally” bomber at Lakunai Airfield, Rabaul, Papua New Guinea. http://www.pagahillestate.com/exploring-world-war-ii-relics/

PNG Locals have used war relics as garden features in their backyards   http://www.pagahillestate.com/exploring-world-war-ii-relics/

PNG Locals have used war relics as garden features in their backyards http://www.pagahillestate.com/exploring-world-war-ii-relics/

Lost WWII allied aircraft in Papua New Guinea  http://www.pagahillestate.com/exploring-world-war-ii-relics/

Lost WWII allied aircraft in Papua New Guinea http://www.pagahillestate.com/exploring-world-war-ii-relics/

Six tonnes of unexploded munitions cleared from a World War II Bougainville PNG battle site   http://www.pagahillestate.com/exploring-world-war-ii-relics/

Six tonnes of unexploded munitions cleared from a World War II Bougainville PNG battle site http://www.pagahillestate.com/exploring-world-war-ii-relics/

Rabaul, East New Britain’s old capital, is the perfect place to indulge your inner historian. As the main base for the Japanese during WWII, plenty of reminders lay scattered about the town. You don’t even need to venture further than just off the end of the Rabaul airport runway, where you’ll find some impressive wreckage of a Japanese aircraft.

Rabaul, East New Britain’s old capital, is the perfect place to indulge your inner historian. As the main base for the Japanese during WWII, plenty of reminders lay scattered about the town. You don’t even need to venture further than just off the end of the Rabaul airport runway, where you’ll find some impressive wreckage of a Japanese aircraft.

WWII war relic in the Port Moresby National Museum    http://www.pagahillestate.com/exploring-world-war-ii-relics/

WWII war relic in the Port Moresby National Museum http://www.pagahillestate.com/exploring-world-war-ii-relics/


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It is the Kokoda Trail which Papua New Guinea (PNG) is most famous for. It was along this trail in World War II where Australians fought alongside their Papuan allies against an invading Japanese force.

It is the Kokoda Trail which Papua New Guinea (PNG) is most famous for. It was along this trail in World War II where Australians fought alongside their Papuan allies against an invading Japanese force.

West New Britain (WNB) for instance is also home to some impressive wrecks. A B-24 Liberator and a B-25 Mitchell (US Bombers) rest in the hills behind Talasea, while a number of rusting relics are accessible at Lombrum, Manus Province, which acted as a large US naval base.

West New Britain (WNB) for instance is also home to some impressive wrecks. A B-24 Liberator and a B-25 Mitchell (US Bombers) rest in the hills behind Talasea, while a number of rusting relics are accessible at Lombrum, Manus Province, which acted as a large US naval base.

A plane wreck in New Britain Province, PNG  http://www.pagahillestate.com/exploring-world-war-ii-relics/

A plane wreck in New Britain Province, PNG http://www.pagahillestate.com/exploring-world-war-ii-relics/

A destroyed Mitsubishi Ki-21 “Sally” bomber at Lakunai Airfield, Rabaul, Papua New Guinea.  http://www.pagahillestate.com/exploring-world-war-ii-relics/

A destroyed Mitsubishi Ki-21 “Sally” bomber at Lakunai Airfield, Rabaul, Papua New Guinea. http://www.pagahillestate.com/exploring-world-war-ii-relics/

Rabaul, East New Britain’s old capital, is the perfect place to indulge your inner historian. As the main base for the Japanese during WWII, plenty of reminders lay scattered about the town. You don’t even need to venture further than just off the end of the Rabaul airport runway, where you’ll find some impressive wreckage of a Japanese aircraft.

Rabaul, East New Britain’s old capital, is the perfect place to indulge your inner historian. As the main base for the Japanese during WWII, plenty of reminders lay scattered about the town. You don’t even need to venture further than just off the end of the Rabaul airport runway, where you’ll find some impressive wreckage of a Japanese aircraft.

Japanes Zero, Papua New Guinea

Military Warships, Tanks & Airplanes Graveyard Under The Sea, Sunken WWII Cemeteries.

Japanes Zero, Papua New Guinea

An abadoned Sherman tank on Guadalcanal  http://www.pagahillestate.com/exploring-world-war-ii-relics/

An abadoned Sherman tank on Guadalcanal http://www.pagahillestate.com/exploring-world-war-ii-relics/

These engine parts were also found near the airstrip. The locals say there was a Japanese aircraft maintenance building here during the war.   http://www.pagahillestate.com/exploring-world-war-ii-relics/

These engine parts were also found near the airstrip. The locals say there was a Japanese aircraft maintenance building here during the war. http://www.pagahillestate.com/exploring-world-war-ii-relics/

Black Cat Trail war relics   http://www.pagahillestate.com/exploring-world-war-ii-relics/

Black Cat Trail war relics http://www.pagahillestate.com/exploring-world-war-ii-relics/

Papua New Guinea Rabaul Military Museum showcasing WWII war relics   http://www.pagahillestate.com/exploring-world-war-ii-relics/

Papua New Guinea Rabaul Military Museum showcasing WWII war relics http://www.pagahillestate.com/exploring-world-war-ii-relics/

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