6° 13' 0S Long 155° 37' 60E Kieta is located at the base of the Kieta peninsula, on the west coast of
Bougainville. Surrounded by Kieta Harbor and Bakawari Island to the east. Nearby is nearby Rigu
Mission. Located to the west is Arawa. Also known as "Kieta Town".
On March 31, 1942 at dawn, occupied without resistance by a platoon of Japanese Navy Special Naval Landing Forces (SNLF), after they had occupied Shortland the previous morning. Occupied by the Japanese until September 1945.
Allied missions against Kieta
January 21, 1943 - June 14, 1944
During the "Bougainville Crisis" most of buildings and infrastructure in Kieta was destroyed.
Used by the Japanese during the war. Closed during 'Bougainville Crisis'.
Memorial park at the town's main intersection. Several memorials, guns, a Japanese Type 89 Tank and recovered Zero is displayed on a pole.
Located south of Kieta town past Kara Airfield (Toripoil, Buin Airport).
Daihatsu Landing Craft
Sunk at Kekere in
Chivaroi (Orawere Bay)
Unknown Japanese Bomber
Crashed on coral reef off Kekere, near Kieta. The propeller was salvaged, and then displayed at Aropa Plantation in the 1970s.
South of Kieta town near Kieta Airfield.
Located to the north of the Kieta Peninsula.
Scuttled 1914 into Kobuan Bay
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March 11, 2018