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    Mios Woendi Biak Numfor Regency | Papua Province¬†Indonesia
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Location
Lat 1° 15' S Long 136° 22' E ¬†Mios Woendi Island is a small coral atoll, located ten miles south of Biak, part of the Schouten Island Group. The area is a flat sandy area with a deep water lagoon. Also known as simply Woendi or Woendi Island. Today located in Biak Numfor Regency in Papua Province in Indonesia.

Wartime History
On June 1, 1944 U. S. Nay (USN) personnel and engineers from Task Force Hurricane performed a reconnaissance of Mios Woendi, Aoeki, and Owi. On June 2, 1944 the U. S. Army 41st Infantry Division, 163rd Infantry Regiment, Company A secured Owi and Mios Woendi without opposition. On June 8, 1944 Naval Construction Battalion (NCB) "SeeBees" began construction of Mios Woendi PT Boat Base to replace Hollandia as the most forward base for PT Boat operations.

Mios Woendi PT Boat Base (Base 21, Camp Taylor)
PT Boat base "Base 21", became the largest PT Boat base in New Guinea

Woendi Seaplane Base
US Navy seaplane base July - August 1944

PT-301
Sunk due to accidental explosion and fire on November 4, 1944 and was scrapped

References
U. S. Army in World War II The Approach to the Philippines Chapter XIV Frustration at Mokmer Drome page 341

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