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    Ruri Autonomous Region of Bougainville Papua New Guinea (PNG)
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RNZAF March 3, 1945
Location
Lat 5° 31' 0S Long 154° 49' 0E  Ruri village is located in the northeastern coast of Bougainville. Borders Ruri Bay to the north and Bonis to the northwest. Today located in Selau Suir Rurial LLG of Northern Bougainville District in Autonomous Region of Bougainville in Papua New Guinea (PNG).

Wartime History
During April 1942 occupied by the Japanese. After the Allied landings on November 1, 1943 at Empress Augusta Bay, a three-pronged Allied drive contained remaining Japanese forces to the Bonis / Buka areas after the occupation of the road junction at Ruri Bay on May 11, 1944.

During early March 1945, Japanese tanks launched a counteroffensive in this area, but were spotted by Allied aircraft and destroyed.

Type 89B Yi-Go Medium Tank (No. 1)
Attacked by RNZAF attacks March 3-5, 1945

Type 89B Yi-Go Medium Tank (No. 2)
Disabled by RNZAF fighter attacks March 3-5, 1945

References
The Hard Slog (201) by Karl James pages 123, 127, 146-149, 151, 317 (index)

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Last Updated
October 23, 2019

 

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