Pacific Wrecks
Pacific Wrecks    
  Missing In Action (MIA) Prisoners Of War (POW) Unexploded Ordnance (UXO)  
Chronology Locations Aircraft Ships Submit Info How You Can Help Donate
    Kiriwina Island Milne Bay Province Papua New Guinea (PNG)
Lat 8° 40' 0S Long 150° 55' 0E  Kiriwina Island is the largest Island in the Trobriand Island Group (Trobriand Islands) in the Solomon Sea. The island is 25 miles long and 6 miles wide. Located 360 miles south of Rabaul. To the east is Kitava Island. To the west is Kaileuna Island.

Prewar and during the Pacific War located in the Territory of Papua. Today located in the Milne Bay Province in Papua New Guinea (PNG).

Wartime History
Kiriwina Island was never occupied by the Japanese forces. During early March 1943, a group of eighteen Japanese in a lifeboat drifted ashore on Kiriwina after their ship sank in the Battle of the Bismarck Sea and reported to the Allies. On March 10, 1943 they were captured by PT-114 and taken to Milne Bay.

On June 23, 1943 during the night, U.S. Army 158th Regimental Combat Team (158th RCT) lands at Kiriwina and Woodlark without opposition. Within a month, Kiriwina Airfield becomes operational.

Located at the center southern coast of Kiriwina Island. To the north is Kiriwina Airfield (South Drome, Losuia).

Kiriwina Airfield (South Drome, Losuia)
Built by Americans, based RAAF and USAAF aircraft

Kiriwina Airfield (North Drome, Crash Strip)
Located to the north of the island

Kiriwina Cub Strip (Cub Strip)
Located near the eastern coast of the island for light aircraft

Kiriwina Seaplane Base
Located on the south coast at Losuia

B-26 Marauder Serial Number 40-1426
Pilot Hastings crashed May 2, 1942 upside down in swampy ground

Sunk by Allied air attack September 11, 1942

Seagull V Serial Number A2-19
Pilot Bonython MIA September 11, 1943

B-24D Liberator Serial Number 42-40934
Pilot Bonner crashed October 13, 1943 last seen roughly 40 miles off Kiriwina

B-24D Liberator Serial Number 42-72800
Pilot Carlson MIA October 25, 1943 last seen roughly 40 miles north of Kiriwina

B-25D Mitchell Serial Number 41-30240
Pilot Hastings ditched November 2, 1943 roughly 50 miles off Kiriwina

Contribute Information
Do you have photos or additional information to add?

Last Updated
June 20, 2022


Map 1943
Wide Area

Map 1943
  Discussion Forum Daily Updates Reviews Museums Interviews & Oral Histories  
Pacific Wrecks Inc. All rights reserved.
Donate Now Facebook Twitter YouTube Instagram