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    Tanahmerah Bay (Tanah Merah Bay) Jayapura Regency | Papua Province Indonesia
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USN April 22, 1944

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USAAF c1944

Tanahmerah Bay is located on the north coast of western New Guinea. Borders Tanahmerah village and Cape Tanahmerah. To the east are the Cyclops Mountains and beyond Hollandia (Jayapura) and Humbolt Bay. To the south is Depapre Bay and Depapre. Also known as Tanah Merah Bay or Teluk Tanahmerah meaning red soil bay in Indonesian. Prewar, a walking track connected Tanahmerah Bay inland to Hollandia. Prewar and during the Pacific War, located in Dutch New Guinea (DNG) in the Netherlands East Indies (NEI). Between 1963-2007 part of Irian Jaya. Today located in Jayapura Regency in Papua Province in Indonesia.

Wartime History
On April 22, 1944 in the morning "Operation Reckless" began with a U. S. Navy (USN) shore bombardment that proceeded the amphibious landing of the U. S. Army, 24th Division, 19th Infantry Regiment and 21st Infantry Regiment on the beaches of Tanahmerah Bay code named "Red Beach 1" at Depapre and "Red Beach 2" further to the north. Aferwards, the prewar track was expanded by the U. S. Army into a road inland to Hollandia.

Several tanks hulks are to the east of Depapre at the base of the track.

Ki-43 Oscar
Crashed into Tanahmerah Bay, shot down by a P-38 piloted by Richard I. Bong and salvaged afterwards

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July 13, 2020


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