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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

Location
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 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.

Prewar
A walking track connected Tanahmerah Bay to Hollandia.

Wartime History
On April 22, 1944 during 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 into a road by the U. S. Army.

Today
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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October 23, 2019

 

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