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    Bosnik (Bosnek, Soriari) Biak Numfor Regency | Papua Province Indonesia
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5th AF Assoc 1990

Lat 1° 9' 26S Long 136° 13' 42E  Bosnik villiage is located on the southern coast of Biak Island in Biak Numfor Regency in Papua Province in Indonesia. Borders Yapen Strait (Japen Strait) to the south. Also known as "Bosnek" or "Soriari". Prewar, part of Dutch New Guinea.

Wartime History
During 1942, occupied by the Japanese. By early 1944, the Bosnik was defended by anti-aircraft gun positions and defenses. During the middle of 1944 prior to the U. S. liberation of Biak, the Bosnik area was attacked by American aircraft.

American missions against Bosnik
May 9–June 7, 1944

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

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

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
October 23, 2019


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