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    Tanimbar Island Group (Tanimbar Islands, Timur Laut) Maluku Province Indonesia
Lat 7° 30' 0S Long 131° 30' 0E  The Tanimbar Island Group (Tanimbar Islands) are located between the Banda Sea to the west and Arafura Sea to the east. To the northeast is the Aru Islands (Aroe) and Kai Islands. To the west is the Babar Island and Timor. Further to the south is Australia to the east is New Guinea.

The Tanimbar Island Group (Tanimbar Islands) includes roughly sixty-five islands including including Fordata, Larat, Maru, Molu, Nuswotar, Selaru (Selaroe), Selu, Seira, Wotap, Wuliaru and Yamdena (Jamdena). The northern portion of the islands are part of the Lesser Sunda Islands and in the Moluccas Islands.

Prewar and during the Pacific War located in the Netherlands East Indies (NEI). Today located in the Western Southeast Maluku Regency in Maluku Province (Provinsi Maluku) of Indonesia. In Indonesian, known as "Timur Laut" meaning east of the sea or northeast.

Wartime History
During 1942, the Tanimbar Islands were occupied by the Japanese forces until then official surrender of Japan in September 1945. Between 1943 until early 1945 attacked by Allied aircraft based in northern Australia.

Allied missions against Tanimbar Islands
August 19, 1943–January 5, 1945

Tanimbar Island Group (Tanimbar Islands)
Yamdena (Jamdena)  largest island in the Tanimbar Islands, includes Saumlaki and Saumlaki Bay.
Larat Island (Pulau Larat)  located in the northeast of Yamdena.
Selaru Island (Selaroe, Selaor, Poelau)  smaller island to the south.

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Last Updated
January 14, 2020


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