Pacific Wrecks
Pacific Wrecks    
  Missing In Action (MIA) Prisoners Of War (POW) Unexploded Ordnance (UXO)  
Chronology Locations Aircraft Ships Submit Info How You Can Help Donate
 
    Bougainville Province (Autonomous Region of Bougainville)  Papua New Guinea (PNG)

Location
Bougainville Province (Autonomous Region of Bougainville) is located in Papua New Guinea (PNG). The province encompasses Bougainville Island plus the surrounding offshore islands and atolls. Prewar and during the Pacific War, Bougainville was considered part of the "North Solomons" or "Northern Solomons". Today, borders the international border with the Solomon Islands and Western Province to the south.

Wartime History
During early 1942 Japanese forces landed on Bougainville and developed the island into a base area. Long term occupation plans included resettling Japanese civilians to a planned settlement "Little Tokyo". On November 1, 1943 American forces landed at Torokina on the western coast, Relieved by the Australian Army, fighting continued until September 1945. Of the 80,000 Japanese troops, only 23,000 survived to be taken prisoner. About 20,000 were KIA and 37,000 died in the jungle from disease and starvation.

Today
After 1988-1992 "Bougainville Crisis" Bougainville Province was renamed Autonomous Region of Bougainville but remains part of Papua New Guinea (PNG). To the north borders New Ireland Province and to the northwest New Britain Province. To the south is the international border with Solomon Islands and Western Province.

Buka Island
Buka Island  island located to the north of Bougainville Island.
Buka (Buka Town)  located on the southern coast of Buka Island includes Chinatown and Buka Airfield.
Buka Passage  narrow passage between Buka Island and Bougainville Island.

Sohano Island
Sohano Island  located in the Buka Passage between Buka Island and Bougainville Island.

Bougainville Island
Bougainville Island  large island located at the northern tip of the Solomon Islands chain.
Northern Bougainville
Bonis  located at the northern tip of Bougainville with Bonis Airfield borders Buka Passage
Ruri (Ruri Bay)  borders the northeastern corner of Bougainville Island
Tarlena  located in northwestern Bougainville Island
Chabai  located in northwestern Bougainville includes Chabai Airfield
Porton  located in northwestern Bougainville, Australian amphibious landing repulsed
Southern Bougainville
Mamagata  located on the southwestern coast of Bougainville
Kangu  located on the southern coast of Bougainville
Kangu Hill (Mount Buin)  high ground to the north of Kangu
Malabeta Hill (Malabita)  located on the southern coast of Bougainville inland from Kangu
Buin (Buin Town)  located on southern Bougainville
Kahili  located on the southern coast of Bougainville includes Kahili Airfield (Buin Airfield)

  Harbor off Kahili
  Located to the north of Buin, Kara Airfield
  Located on the southwest coast of Bougainville
  Located to the east of Kara
  Located on the southern side of the island
  Prewar Catholic mission, Japanese occupied until June 1945
  Located on SW Bougainville coast.
  Inland village nearest to Admiral Yamamoto G4M1 Betty
Olava
  Located on East Point at the southeastern corner Bougainville
  Located on the souther coast of Bougainville between Kangua and Buin
    Southern Bougainville offshore islands
  Small island off southern Bougainville
  Small island off southern Bougainville
  Small island off southeastern Bougainville
  Small island off southeastern Bougainville
Oema Island
  Small island off southeastern Bougainville
Taurato Island
  Small island off southeastern Bougainville
 
  Western Bougainville & offshore islands
  Site of American landing at Torokina
  American landing and airfield construction
  Small island in Empress Augusta Bay
  Island in Empress Augusta Bay
  Allied airfield complex
  Australian staging point against Japanese
  Active volcano at the center of Bougainville
 Inland village near the northwest coast of Bougainville
  Located on the southwest coast of Bougainville
Siwai
 Four tanks at this location
 
  Green Island Atoll
  Small atoll located to the northwest of Buka
  Site of a large Allied airfield complex in Green Island Atoll
  Second largest island in Green Island Atoll
 
  Nuguria Island Atoll
  Small atoll located to the north of Bougainville
 
  Eastern Bougainville
  Airfield on eastern Bougainville coast
  Town on eastern Bougainville
  Village at the center of the island
Selan
  Japanese tank on the western side of road
  Initial Japanese landing memorial
  Harbor at Kieta
  Town located on the eastern coast of Bougainville

Contribute Information
Do you have photos or additional information to add?

Last Updated
January 11, 2018

 

Map
Map 1990



Map
Map
Fallingrain
  Discussion Forum Daily Updates Reviews Museums Interviews & Oral Histories  
 
Pacific Wrecks Inc. All rights reserved.
Donate Now Facebook Twitter YouTube Google Plus Instagram