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    Saumlaki Bay (Saumlakki Bay) Tanimbar Islands | Maluku Province Indonesia
Location
Lat 7° 59' 17S Long 131° 18' 20E  Saumlaki Bay is located near the southern coast of Yamdena Island (Jamdena) bordering Saumlaki (Saumlakki). Located in the Tanimbar Island Group (Timur Laut). Also known as Saumlakki Bay. Wartime spelling Saemlocki Bay. Prewar and during the Pacific War, located in the Netherlands East Indies (NEI). Today located in Maluku Province (Provinsi Maluku) in Indonesia.

Wartime History
At the start of the Pacific War, Saumlaki Seaplane Base was used by the Netherlands Naval Aviation Service Marine-Luchtvaartdienst (MLD) and the U. S. Navy (USN) USS Heron (AVP-2) and PBY Catalinas from Patrol Wing 10 (Pat Wing 10) until early February 1942 when the base was abandoned.

During early 1942 occupied by the Japanese. Starting in March 1943 attacked by Allied bombers until August 1944 when neutralized and bypassed. Occupied by the Japanese for the remainder of the Pacific War until the official surrender of Japan in September 1945.

Allied missions against Saumlakki
March 5, 1943–August 23, 1944

Saumlaki Seaplane Base
Seaplane operating base used by the Dutch and US Navy.

PBY-5 Catalina Bureau Number 2304 Number 13
Grounded February 5, 1942

B-25C Mitchell Serial Number N5-147
Pilot Bal crashed May 21, 1943 west of Saumlaki Bay, 6 missing

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Last Updated
January 5, 2020

 

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