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    Buka Island Bougainville Province Papua New Guinea (PNG)

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USAAF Dec 15, 1942

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13th AF c1944

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42nd BG c1944

Lat 5° 15' 0S Long 154° 37' 60E  Buka island is about 50 kilometers long by some 20 kilometers wide. Located north of Bonis on Bougainville Island. Borders the Buka Passage to the south.

Wartime History
On March 9, 1942, Japanese warships entered Queen Carola Harbor and occupied all of Buka Island until the official surrender of Japan on September 2, 1945.

Japanese and American missions against Buka
January 3, 1942 - June 15, 1944

Queen Carola Harbor
Located on the eastern shore of central Buka. Occupied by the Japanese on March 9, 1942 and used as an anchorage.

Buka (Buka Town)
Located on the southern coast of Buka Island with Prewar Chinatown area and Buka Airfield.

B-25H Mitchell 43-4???
Pilot Durkin MIA February 18, 1944 over northern Buka

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Last Updated
May 22, 2017



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