10° 37' 0S Long 150° 40' 0E An
island located at the far eastern tip of New Guinea, near Milne
Bay. Samarai is a tiny island of 24 hectares in China Strait. It is only five
from the mainland.
WWII, it was the provincial headquarters of the Australian administration
in New Guinea. In 1942, the residents fled the island followed by
Australian military, they left their houses and possession
behind, and the installations on the island was torched by
Sgt Les Arnold at the end of March 1942. Too
small for an airfield, it was used as a base for flying boats. Post
war, Alotau became
the new provincial headquarters 1968
because of overcrowding and inconvenient location of the island.
Japanese Missions Against Samarai
February 23, 1942
Two sticks of bombs are dropped on Samarai Island.
Samarai Seaplane Base
US Navy seaplane base built in the middle 1943
B-25 Mitchell Serial Number ?
Located to the east of Samarai. Narrow deep water channel between the south-east extremity of the New Guinea mainland and Sariba Island, 4 miles in length and .75 miles wide.
B-17E Flying Fortress Serial
Pilot Hawthorne force landing August 9, 1942
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October 25, 2012