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Bali Island borders the Java Sea to the north and the Indian Ocean to the south. To the west is Java. To the east is Lombok Strait and beyond Lombok Island. To the southeast is Badoeng Strait and beyond Penida Island. Prewar and during the Pacific War located in the Netherlands East Indies (NEI). Today located in Bali Province in Indonesia. Today located in Bali Province in Indonesia.
During the night of February 18, 1942 the Japanese invasion force arrives off Bali. On February 19, 1942 at 2:00am the Japanese begin landing at forces landed at Denpasar on Bali. Afterwards, U.S. aircraft from Java attack the landing force but fail to halt the invasion. Afterwards, the Japanese occupy Bali for the remainder of the Pacific War until the official surrender of Japan.
American missions against Bali and Denpasar
February 19, 1942–November 17, 1943
Denpasar (Den Passar)
Located in the southern corner of Bail.
Located on the northeastern coast of Bali.
A-24 Dive Bomber Serial Number 41-15796
Pilot Tubb MIA February 20, 1942
PBY-5 Catalina Serial Number 28-5MNE Y-73 Squadron Number 44
Pilot Robinson MIA February 24, 1942
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