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    Makassar Strait Sulawesi (Celebes) Indonesia
Location
The Makassar Strait seporates Borneo to the west and Sulawesi (Celebes) to the east. Also known as the Makassar Straits (plural). Prewar and during the Pacific War located in the Netherlands East Indies (NEI). Today located in Indonesia.

Wartime History
During the Pacific War, several naval actions occurred in Makassar Strait including the Battle of Balikpapan on January 24, 1942 and the Battle of Makassar Strait (Battle of the Flores Sea, Action off Madura Strait) on February 4, 1942.

Battle of Balikpapan
The Battle of Balikpapan occurred on January 23-24, 1942 in the Makassar Strait off Balikpapan. The battle was between Allied aircraft bombing the Japanese landing force and the Naval battle was U. S. Navy destroyers attacking the Japanese landing force and was the first USN surface engagement in Southeast Asia during the Pacific War.

Battle of Makassar Strait (Battle of the Flores Sea, Action off Madura Strait)
The Battle of Makassar Strait, sometimes referred to as the Battle of the Flores Sea or the Action off Madura Strait, was a battle that took place on February 4, 1942 between the ABDA (American, British, Dutch, Australian) fleet, under the command of the Dutch Admiral Karel Doorman, and Japanese bombers.

PBY-5 Catalina 28-5MNE Y-?? Number 42
Pilot Robertson crashed February 24, 1942

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Last Updated
June 16, 2020

 

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