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    Misima Island Milne Bay Province Papua New Guinea (PNG)

Location
Lat 10° 40' 0S Long 152° 45' 0E  Misima Island is located to the northeast of Deboyne Island Group.

Wartime History
During the Battle of the Coral Sea on May 7, 1942 at midnight the Imperial Japanese Navy (IJN) cover group, commanded by Rear-Admiral Goto, including the Shoho, four heavy cruisers and one destroyer plus the invasion group of eleven transports passed near Misima Island bound for the Jomard Passage then onward to Port Moresby. At 10:40am carrier aircraft from the USS Lexington (CV-2) spotted an aircraft carrier, two or three cruisers, and some destroyers. 92 USN carrier aircraft attacked, sinking Shoho at 11:35am.

Catalina Serial Number A24-20
Pilot Hemsworth shot down and MIA May 6, 1942

F-4 Lightning Serial Number 41-2125
Pilot Staller crashed August 13, 1943 pilot remains recovered

Misima Airfield
Built postwar

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Last Updated
July 30, 2020

 

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