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    Bosnik (Bosnek, Soriari) Biak Numfor Regency | Papua Province Indonesia
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42nd BG c1944

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5th AF Assoc 1990
Location
Lat 1° 9' 26S Long 136° 13' 42E  Bosnik village is located at an elevation of 173' / 52m on the southern coast of Biak Island in the Schouten Island Group (Schouten Archipelago). Also known as "Bosnek" or "Soriari". Borders Yapen Strait (Japen Strait) and beyond the north coast of New Guinea to the south. Prewar and during the Pacific War, part of Dutch New Guinea (DNG) in the Netherlands East Indies (NEI). Today located in Biak Numfor Regency in Papua Province in Indonesia.

Wartime History
During 1942, occupied by the Japanese. By early 1944, the Bosnik was defended by anti-aircraft gun positions and defenses. Starting in early May 1944 attacked by Allied bombers and fighters to soften defenses in the area ahead of the planned American landing at this location.

American missions against Bosnik
May 9, 1944–June 7, 1944

On May 27, 1944 the U. S. Army 41st Infantry Division "Jungleers" made an amphibious landing at Bosnik. Afterwards, the area was developed into a base area to support the Biak Campaign and the nearby airfields.

USAAF Cemetery Bosnek #1
After the battle, the U. S. Army established USAAF Cemetery Bosnek #1 at this location, exhumed postwar.

Today
Bits of landing craft and remains of docks are still visible in the area. The beach is popular for swimming and diving.

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Last Updated
December 13, 2019

 

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