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    Kamiri (Kamirt, Kamiri) Biak Numfor Regency | Papua Province Indonesia

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USAAF 1944

Location
Lat 0° 58' 56S Long 134° 48' 17E  Kamiri village is located on the northwestern coast of Noemfoor Island (Noemfoer, Noemfor). To the north is the Kamiri River and Kamiri Airfield. Also known as Kamirt or Kamiri.

Wartime History
During December 1943 occupied by the Japanese who began construction of
Kamiri Airfield using Formosan and Indonesian laborers and completed during early 1944.

American missions against Kamiri
May 24 - July 4, 1944

On July 2, 1944 at dawn a Naval and aerial bombardment the U. S. Army 158th RCT (Arizona National Guard) began landing from LCT and LCM landing craft at 5:00am on "Yellow beach" parallel to the western end of Kamiri Airfield over an area of 800 yards long at roughly 8:00am. As the landing progressed, Japanese mortar and artillery fire from further inland happened sporadically for two hours, destroying a DUKW and an ammunition truck.

At the eastern end of the runway, the 2nd Battalion encountered the first Japanese resistance 500 yards from the eastern end of Kamiri Drome, when roughly forty Japanese ran out of a cave and were killed by rifle fire and support fire from LVT(A). In the same area, lightly manned caves and positions were mopped up. Tanks from the 603d Tank Company assisted the troops.

At the western end of the runway, the 1st Battalion encountered little opposition and secured the area including a low hill to the southwest and reached the Kamiri River. The 3rd Battalion joined in mopping up operations. Many positions were found unmanned. By the end of the day the perimeter secured was 3,000 x 800 yards, short of their objective due to the difficult jungle terrain. On the first day, the U. S. suffered 3 killed (1 accidentally), 19 wounded, and 2 injured.

On July 3, 1944, the U. S. Army 503rd Parachute Regiment made a paratrooper jump and landed unopposed at the Kamiri Airfield and occupied Kamiri village.

Kamiri Airfield
Built by the Japanese and used by JAAF aircraft, then captured by U. S. Army and used by the Allied aircraft.

B-25D "Quitch" Serial Number 41-30518
Pilot Noland ditched August 15, 1944 onto the coral reef off Kamiri in 3' of water

References
U. S. Army in World War II - The Approach to the Philippines Chapter XVII - Operations on Noemfoor Island pages 398-400, 405, 407-408, 410-420

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