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    Akyab Island (Sittwe) Rakhine State Burma (Myanmar)

Location
Lat 20°09′00″N Long 92°54′00″E  Akyab Island is located on the western coast of Burma. Borders the Bay of Bingal and is located 90 miles south of the border with India. Today, known as Sittwe Island and located in the Sittwe District in Rakhine State in Burma (Myanmar).

Wartime History
During December 1942, the British Army under the command of Major General W. L. Lloyd launched an invasion of Akyab Island. Meeting heavy resistance from entrenched Japanese in bunkers in the Mayu Hills, halting the invasion.  Lloyd was replaced by Major General Cyril Lomax. During February 1943, the Japanese counter-attacks, and by March 1943 the British fully withdrew.

American missions against Akyab
January 2 - May 20, 1944

Akyab Airfield
Japanese occupied airfield

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Last Updated
June 15, 2019

 

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