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5th AF March 7, 1943
Roderick Eime Dec 2014
Lat 10° 18' 0S Long 150° 25' 0E Milne Bay is a twenty mile wide bay at the southeastern tip of New Guinea. Borders China Strait and Samarai Island to the east. Prewar and during the Pacific War located in the Territory of Papua. Today located in Milne Bay Province in Papua New Guinea (PNG).
During late August 1942, the Japanese attempted to land two groups Milne Bay which they referred to the entire Milne Bay area as "Rabi" for Rabi (Rabe). The first group departed Buna bound for Milne Bay but in transit was spotted and strafed by Royal Australian Air Force (RAAF) P-40 Kittyhawks from 75 Squadron and their barges and troops stranded on Goodenough. The second group departed New Ireland and during the night of August 25, 1942 successfully landed Japanese Naval Special Landing Forces (SNLF) Marines at at three points inside Milne Bay. This landing was the southern most point of the Japanese advance on land during the Pacific War in World War II. By the end of August. the remaining Japanese withdrew.
Allied and Japanese missions against Milne Bay
After the battle, the area was then developed into a large Allied staging base. Several
coastal villages were developed into military bases and naval installations
after the battle. US Army base at Milne Bay was known as 'Base A'. By
the middle of 1944 most naval installations were complete. Due
to the rapid advance of Allied forces.
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