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    Nassau Bay Morobe Province Papua New Guinea (PNG)
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USN August 18, 1943
Location
Nassau Bay is located on the north coast of New Guinea bordering the Huon Gulf. The southern end of Nassau Bay is formed by Cape Dingo and the mouth of the Tabali River. To the north is the mouth of the Bitoi River and Buyawim River and beyond Tambu Bay and Salamaua. Prewar and during the Pacific War located in the Territory of New Guinea. Today located in Morobe Province in Papua New Guinea (PNG).

Wartime History
During the night of June 29-30, 1943 the U. S. Army, 32nd Infantry Division, 162nd Infantry Regiment landed at Nassau Bay. On July 1, 1943 the eastern most company of the Australian 2/6th Battalion advanced to the New Guinea coast along the southern arm of the Bitoi River, driving away a company of Japanese.

On July 2, 1943 the morning of the third day ashore, the main American force remained clustered round the beach, but that afternoon one company advanced to the Bitoi. The next day four 75mm guns were landed at Nassau plus reinforcements. By July 4, 1943 more than 1,400 troops were ashore. Papuan soldiers advancing along the coast ahead of the 162nd regiment and reach Lake Salus on July 9, 1942 and then pushed onward to Tambu Bay.

American missions against Nassau Bay
April 22, 1943–July 12, 1943

CAC Boomerang Serial Number A46-88
Pilot Collier Shot down by US Navy anti-aircraft fire July 5, 1943

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October 23, 2019

 

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