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    Kieta Autonomous Region of Bougainville Papua New Guinea (PNG)
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17th PRS
September 11, 1944
Lat 6° 13' 0S Long 155° 37' 60E  Kieta is located at the base of the Kieta peninsula on the east coast of Bougainville. Surrounded by Kieta Harbor and Bakawari Island to the east. Nearby is nearby Rigu Mission. Located to the west is Arawa. Also known as "Kieta Town".

In 1902, the Catholic church established a Marist Brothers mission station at Kieta. On September 25, 1095 a German administrative station was added with a post office and customs office to administer Bougainville and Buka in the German Solomon Islands Protectorate administered through Deutsch Neu Guinea (German New Guinea). By 1908 the first commercial coconut palm plantation was established at Kieta.

Wartime History
On March 31, 1942 at dawn, a platoon of Imperial Japanese Navy (IJN) Special Naval Landing Forces (SNLF) occupied Kieta without resistance after the same force occupied Shortland the previous morning. Afterwards, Kieta was occuplied by Japanese during their occupation of Bougainville and was used as a base area and Kieta Harbor as an anchorage.

Starting in late January 1943 attacked by American bombers and later fighters until the middle of 1944. Afterwards, targeted by Royal Australian Air Force (RAAF) and Royal New Zealand Air Force (RNZAF) aircraft until the end of the Pacific War. Kieta remained occupied by Japanese forces until the official surrender of Japan in September 1945.

Allied missions against Kieta
January 21, 1943–June 14, 1944

During the "Bougainville Crisis" most of buildings and infrastructure in Kieta was destroyed.

Scuttled 1914 into Kobuan Bay near Kieta

Kieta Airfield
Used by the Japanese during the war. Closed during "Bougainville Crisis".

Kieta Memorial Park
Memorial park at the town's main intersection. Several memorials, guns, a Japanese Type 89 Tank and recovered Zero is displayed on a pole.

Kekere Plantation
Located south of Kieta town past Kara Airfield (Toripoil, Buin Airport).

Daihatsu Landing Craft
Sunk at Kekere in Chivaroi (Orawere Bay).

Unknown Japanese Bomber
Crashed on coral reef off Kekere, near Kieta. The propeller was salvaged, and then displayed at Aropa Plantation in the 1970s.

Aropa Plantation
South of Kieta town near Kieta Airfield.

Kobuan Bay
Located to the north of the Kieta Peninsula.

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Last Updated
January 8, 2022


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