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    Kieta Bougainville Province Papua New Guinea (PNG)

Location
Lat 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".

Wartime History
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

Today
During the "Bougainville Crisis" most of buildings and infrastructure in Kieta was destroyed.

Kieta Airfield
Used by the Japanese during the war. Closed during 'Bougainville Crisis'.

Kieta Memorial Park
Memorial park at the town's main intersection. Several memorials, guns, a Japanese Type 89 Tank and recovered Zero is displayed on a pole.

Kekere Plantation
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.

Aropa Plantation
South of Kieta town near Kieta Airfield.

Kobuan Bay
Located to the north of the Kieta Peninsula.

Buka
Scuttled 1914 into Kobuan Bay

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Last Updated
March 11, 2018

 

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