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Robert Laessig c1944

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USAAF c1944

Lat 0° 31' 0S Long 132° 4' 0E  Middleburg Island is located off the north coat of New Guinea off Sansapor (Sausapor). Part of the Su Islands (Mios Su) or the Soe Island Group.

Wartime History
Occupied by the U. S. Army and developed into an airbase by August 15, 1944. Begining in August 23, 1944 PBY Catalinas from VP-11 operated from Middleburg Island with PBYs for "Black Cat" Operations. One September 1 1944,: VP-33 moved to Middleburg Island to conduct night search and attack missions against enemy shipping in the Netherlands East Indies and southern Philippine islands area.

Inhabited by a few families tending coconut groves. Middleburg has the remains of jetties, pontoons and other evidence of the war.

Middleburg Airfield (Klenso, Toem)
Built by US Army spans the length of Middleburg Island

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Last Updated
May 11, 2016


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