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    Makassar (Makasser) South Sulawesi Province | Sulawesi (Celebes) Indonesia
Location
Lat 5° 8' 24S Long 119° 25' 20E  Makassar is located on the south peninsula of Sulawesi (Celebes). Also known as Makasser or Makasar. Borders Makassar Harbor and beyond the Makassar Strait to the west. Prewar and during the Pacific War located in the Netherlands East Indies (NEI). Today located in South Sulawesi Province on Sulawesi (Celebes) in Indonesia.

Wartime History
On February 8, 1942 at 1:30pm the Japanese Navy Makassar Invasion Force arrived at Makassar and began landing the Sasebo Special Naval Landing Force (Sasebo SNLF). On February 9, 1942 a Japanese captures Makassar without opposition as the Dutch garrison of roughly 1,000 troops under the command of Colonel M. Vooren attempted to withdraw inland but were captured. Afterwards, Makassar is occupied by the Japanese. Starting in the middle of June 1943 attacked by Allied aircraft until the end of the Pacific War.

American missions against Makassar
June 23, 1943–August 5, 1945

Makassar POW Camp
Brutal Japanese garrison detained Allied POWs here for the last three years of the war.

Makassar War Cemetery
Commonwealth war grave cemetery at Makassar.

Mandai Airfield (Makassar)
Japanese airfield near Makassar

P-38J Lightning 44-23394
Pilot Robert Westbrook MIA November 22, 1944

PB4Y-1 "Rugged Beloved" Bureau Number 38913
Pilot Bass MIA June 16, 1945, 11 missing

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Last Updated
September 11, 2020

 

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