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    Samarinda East Kalimantan Province | Borneo Indonesia

Lat 0° 30' 0S Long 117° 9' 0E  Samarinda is located on the eastern coast of Borneo, 120 miles northeast of Balikpapan. Today, Samarinda is the capital of East Kalimantan Province (Kalimantan Timur).

Samarinda Naval Headquarters
The Japanese Naval HQ on Borneo

Keibetai Detachment
During early 1945, the Keibetai commander of the Samarinda detachment of the Keibetai commanded by Lt(jg) Yamaguchi Sentaro. During the middle of January until the middle of February three Americans: Jacobs, Molinari and Hagerty the surviving crew members of B-24J Liberator 44-41078 were detained at this location in cells. During the night of February 15, 1945 all three were executed by sword and buried behind the office. Postwar, their remains were recovered by the Australian Army.

Samarinda II Airfield (Melak)
Located at Smarinda built by the Dutch.

After the fall of Samarinda II airfield, 15 KNIL soldiers fought a guerrilla war until found in early June 1942 and all shot except two soldiers. In April 1942 they went underground with the Dajaks until they were turned over by the same natives to the Japanese. The Japanese let them live. A local representative of state in Longiram went inland with some KNIL soldiers, but they were soon forced to search protection with the Dajaks. They turned them over and all were executed. In Samarinda four local representatives of state were killed.

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Last Updated
October 23, 2019


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