Kiriwina

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Kiriwina
Karta PG Trobriand isl.PNG
The Trobriand Islands
Kiriwina is located in Papua New Guinea
Kiriwina
Kiriwina
Geography
Coordinates 8°40′S 150°55′E / 8.667°S 150.917°E / -8.667; 150.917Coordinates: 8°40′S 150°55′E / 8.667°S 150.917°E / -8.667; 150.917
Archipelago Trobriand Islands
Area 290.5 km2 (112.2 sq mi)
Length 50 km (31 mi)
Width 6.0 km (3.73 mi)
Highest elevation 46 m (151 ft)
Administration
Papua New Guinea
Demographics
Population 22,163 (2000)
Pop. density 76.42 /km2 (197.93 /sq mi)
The Trobriand Islands
A Kiriwina Village (1899)

Kiriwina is the largest of the Trobriand Islands, with an area of 290.5 km².[1] It is part of the Milne Bay Province of Papua New Guinea. Most of the 12,000 people who live in the Trobriands live on Kiriwina. The Kilivila language, also known as Kiriwina, is spoken on the island. The main town is Losuia.

History

Operation Chronicle was the name given to the landing of Allied forces on Kiriwina and Woodlark Island on June 30, 1943, during World War II. Following the landing U.S. Army Engineers supervised construction of Kiriwina Airfield, including a 2,000 metre (6,000 ft) coral-surfaced runway. No. 73 Wing RAAF was based at this field in August 1943.

A seaplane base was constructed at Losuia, consisting of an anchorage and jetty.

See also

References

  1. ^ [1]

External links

  • pacificwrecks.com


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