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    Tonolei Harbor (Tonolai) Bougainville Province Papua New Guinea (PNG)
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13th AF c1943

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42nd BG c1943

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November 18, 1943

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David Paulley 1982

Tonolei Harbor is located on the southern coast of Bougainville, east of Buin and Kahili (Kihili).  The western arm of the harbor borders East Point, the most southeasterly point on Bougainville. Other wartime spellings include "Tonolai", "Tonalei" or "Tonelei". During World War II, also known as "Buin Anchorage".

Wartime History
During early 1942, occupied by the Japanese. Tonolei Harbor was used by Japanese warships and transports as a supply area. During 1942-1944 this location was targeted by Allied bombers and fighters. Occupied by the Japanese until September 1945.

American missions against Tonolei Harbor
October 13, 1942 - June 4, 1944

Houn Maru
Ran aground May 19, 1943

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Last Updated
January 11, 2018


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