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    Milne Bay Province  Papua New Guinea (PNG)

Location
Milne Bay Province (MBP) is located at the eastern end of New Guinea and offshore islands in Papua New Guinea (PNG). Borders Oro Province to the northwest and Central Province to the west. The province includes the southern portion of the Solomon Sea and the Solomon Islands further to the east.

Wartime History
During August 1942, Japanese forces landed at Milne Bay but were defeated by defending Australian troops. Afterwards, Milne Bay was developed into a major Allied base area.


Milne Bay Area
Milne Bay  located on the southern tip of New Guinea.
Alotau  provincial capital of Milne Bay Province borders Milne Bay.
Rabi (Rabe)  located between Turnbull Airfield (No. 3 Strip) and Koebule Mission (KB Mission).
Ladava  located at the western edge of Milne Bay near Gurney Airfield.
Gili Gili (Gill Gill)  borders Milne Bay dock area east of Ladava and Turnbull Airfield
Gamadodo  located on the southeast coast of Milne Bay.
Waigani  located inland from Milne Bay and No. 2 Strip.
Konibirrubirru  located inland from Milne Bay.

Milne Bay Off Shore Islands
China Strait  navigable strait off Milne Bay between Samurai and Sariba Islands.
Samarai Island  prewar colonial government station, seaplane base.
Sariba Island  located to the east of Samarai island borders Namoai Bay and Jenkins Bay.
Namoai Bay  borders Sariba Island used by the U. S. Navy as a seaplane operating area
Jenkins Bay  borders Sariba Island used by the U. S. Navy "SeaBees"
Basilisk Island  located to the east of Milne Bay.
Uluma Reef  located to the southeast of Milne Bay.

Cape Vogel Area
Cape Vogel  borders Goodenough Bay and Ward Hunt Strait.
Goodenough Bay  borders the north coast of New Guinea.
Bogo Bogo  Bogo Bogo is located on the northern tip of Cape Vogel.
Baniara  located on the north coast of New Guinea bordering Goodenough Bay.
Hilimoi  located on the southern edge of Milne Bay site of a U. S. Navy hospital.
Kana Kopa  located on the southern edge of Milne Bay site of PT Boat Advance Base Six (Kana Kopa).
Waga Waga  located on the southern edge of Milne Bay bordering Discovery Bay.
Taupota (Taupota)   located on the southern edge of Milne Bay.

Fife Bay District
Fife Bay  located on the southern coast of New Guinea.
Mullins Harbor  located on the southern coast of New Guinea.
Orangerie Bay  located on the south coast of New Guinea.

Louisiade Archipelago
Coral Sea   borders New Guinea and Australia, Battle of the Coral Sea May 4-8, 1942

 Archipelago at center of the Battle of the Coral Sea
 Unidentified aircraft wreck
  Louisiade Archipelago, eastern most island
 Japanese sea plane base during Coral Sea Battle
 Island in the center of the Battle of the Coral Sea
  Island Group
 Used by the Allied warships
 USN PT-Boat base and RAAF Beaufort MIA discovery
 Japanese caught, developed into an Allied base
  located to the north of Fergusson Island
  located in the Amphlett Islands
 One of the first Allied bases in island hopping
 Island Group
 Largest island developed into a major Allied airbase.
 Small island to the east of Kiriwina
 Small island to the east of Kiriwina
 Small circular island to the west of Kiriwina
 Located to the west of Kawa Island
 Located to the west of Kawa Island

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Last Updated
June 25, 2020

 

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