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    Sohano Island (Schane) Bougainville Province Papua New Guinea (PNG)
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USN April 2, 1942

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Location
Lat 5° 27' 0S Long 154° 40' 0E  Sohano Island is located in the Buka Passage. Borders Buka Island to the north and Bonis and the northern coast of Bougainville Island to the south. Also known as "Schane".

Prewar, there was a Government Station on Sohano, manned by Ken Bridges the Assistant District Officer (ADO) in charge until November 1941, replaced by Jack Read.

Wartime History
During early 1942, occupied by the Japanese. Sohano Island was developed as a base area. The island was used as a seaplane anchorage area for Buka Seaplane Base and barges occasionally anchored in Sohano Channel and Buka Passage near the island.

Allied missions against Sohano
November 16, 1943 - June 10, 1944

Buka Seaplane Base
Channel and island used by the Japanese during the war

Sohano Island Japanese Memorial
Erected in 1984 for the 65,000 Japanese that died in the Bougainville campaign. Nearby, is a F1M2 Pete fuselage, recovered from the Sohano Channel, and fire extinguisher ground unit.

F1M2 Pete Tail 52
Crashed in nearby mangrove swamp, salvaged and displayed on the island

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Last Updated
March 16, 2018

 

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