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    Emirau Island (Emira) New Ireland Province Papua New Guinea (PNG)

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US Army April 11, 1944

Location
Lat 1° 40' 0S Long 150° 0' 0E  Emirau Island is located in the St. Matthias Group, nearby is Mussau Island. Emirau is eight miles across from east to west. Pronounced 'E-mir-a'. Also know as "Storm Island" first sighted by Dampier in 1699 and named "Squally Island".

Wartime History
A prewar German plantation and a Seven Day Adventist missionary station existed on the southern portion of the island. World War II first came to Emirau in the form of a Kregsmarine raiders Orion and Komet, who left about 500 men, women and children on Emirau in early December 1940, after the sinking of their ship, RMS Rangitane and Holmwood. The survivors lived on the island until rescued by Australian authorities.

American Liberation
On March 12, 1944, the Joint Chiefs of Staff decided to capture Hollandia and Emirau as part of the campaign to neutralize Rabaul.

On March 20, 1944 the U.S. Marine Corps (USMCI 4th Marines, 1st and 2nd Battalions, with 3rd Battalion in reserve made an amphibious landing on the island. There were no Japanese defenders on the island, instead the Marines were met by 7 Day Adventist missionaries. The next day and airfield construction is begun. USS Anthony DD-515 covered the invasion of Emirau. Destroyer USS Wintle DE-25 was patrolling off Emirau on April 8 and April 21 1944. Also, on June 12 and 25 and August 28, 1944. The Marines were relived by the US Army's 147th Infantry Regiment on April 11, 1944.

Emirau Airfield
Built by US Navy Seabees, pair of parallel runways.

Emirau Cemetery
There was a US Army temporary cemetery on the island until the end of the war, when remains were disinterred and brought back to USA.

Hamburg Bay
Located on the north-west coast, 9-10 fathoms deep. After the liberation of the island, the US Navy built a base on Hamburg Bay.

Kamikawa Maru
Sunk off Emirau by the USS Scamp (SS-227) on May 29, 1943

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January 8, 2014

 

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