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    Kahili (Kihili, Kahilli, Buin) Autonomous Region of Bougainville Papua New Guinea (PNG)
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USAAF Nov 18, 1943

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AWM Sept 9, 1945

Location
Lat 6° 47' 0S Long 155° 48' 0"  Kahili is located on the southern coast of Bougainville bordering Tonolei Harbor.To the west is Kangua. The village at this location is also spelled as "Kihili" or "Kahilli". Pronounced "Key-lee" by local people. During the Pacific War, the Japanese referred to the entire southern Bougainville area as "Buin" including this location. Today, Buin is located inland.

Prewar
Kahili plantation was at this location planted with coconut palms harvesting copra.

Wartime History
During early 1942, occupied by the Japanese. Japanese code named Buin "RXP". In the middle of 1942 the Japanese constructed Kahili Airfield (Buin) at this location. Kahili area was heavily bombed from the air by American aircraft.

American missions against Kahili
February 4, 1943 - September 27, 1944

Occupied by the Japanese until early September 1945. On September 9, 1945 Australian Army, 2 Corps led by Major E. C. Taylor "Buin Liaison Group" landed at Kahili to meet with Japanese representatives to arrange the surrender of the Japanese forces in the area and were resupplied by an air drop over Kahili Airfield.

Kahili Airfield (Buin Airfield)
Prewar coconut plantation. Airfield built by the Japanese. Neutralized from the air, but Japanese occupied until the end of the war.

P-38 Lightning piloted by Huey
Missing In Action (MIA) February 14, 1942 prisoner of war (POW) detained at t Kahili, ultimate fate unknown.

F4U Corsair piloted by Winnia
Missing In Action (MIA) July 18, 1943 prisoner of war (POW) ultimate fate unknown.

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August 4, 2018

 

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