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    Kana Kopa Milne Bay Province Papua New Guinea (PNG)

Lat 10° 28' 60S Long 150° 39' 0E  Kana Kopa is located on the southern arm of Milne Bay. Today located in Milne Bay Province in Papua New Guinea (PNG). Also spelled Kana Kope.

Wartime History
After the battle of Milne Bay, the Kana Kope area was developed into an anchorage for vessels and later into a U. S. Navy (USN) P. T. Boat base.

On April 14, 1943 Allied vessels were anchored off Kana Kopa including USS Hilo AGP-2 and Moa Moa. In the morning during Operation I-GO, a large formation of Japanese aircraft including G4M1 Betty bombers escorted by A6M Zeros passed over the vessel at 25,500' bound for Milne Bay. Damaged by strafing was Moa Moa off Kana Kopa.

PT Boat Advance Base Six (Kana Kopa PT Boat Base)
Located at Kana Kopa bordering Milne Bay. The base was established on December 11, 1942. The base was then built by US Navy Seabees from the 55th Battalion who arrived May 23, 1943 and built the base in five weeks the face of adverse weather and conditions. Later construction included housing for 800 men, shops, storehouses, quonset huts, 3 x 15,000 gallon water tanks, timber wharf, two pontoon dry docks and an engine overhaul facility. Disbanded in June 1944 when boats moved forward to Dreger Harbor, near Finschafen.

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Last Updated
June 25, 2020


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