Lat 1°30′S Long 145°4′E The Hermit Islands are a small group of islands surrounded by the Bismarck Sea. The Hermit Islands includes Jalun Island, Maron Island and Luf Island bordering Carola Bay plus other smaller islands surrounded by a fringing coral reef comprised of North Reef and South Reef. To the northeast is Kaniet Islands. To the west is Ninigo Islands and beyond Aua Islands and Wululu Islands. To the southeast is Manus Island. Today located in Manus
Province in Papua
New Guinea (PNG).
On June 17, 1944 returning from a bombing mission, the crew of eleven from B-24D "Dropsnoot" 42-41246 bailed out over the Hermit Islands and landed in rough seas with white caps in an area approximately two miles wide to the southeast of Jalun Island. Four of the crew were never seen again and likely drown. The other seven were aided by friendly natives and cared for until rescued.
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October 23, 2019