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    Mapia Island Group (Mapia Atoll) Papua Province Indonesia
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Location
Lat 0° 49' 60N Long 134° 19' 60E  Mapia Island Group (Mapia Atoll) was previously known as Freewill Islands or Saint David’s Islands. The Mapia Island Group includes Bras Island (Berasi), Pegun Island (Mapia), Fanildo Island, Bras Kecil (Little Bras) and Fanildo Kecil (Little Fanildo). Located to the north of the equator. To the south is Biak Island and Manokwari 290 km away. Palau 630 km to the west. Today, known as Kepulauan Mapia in Bahasa Indonesian. Today, located in present day Supiori Regency, Papua Province in Indonesia.

American missions againt Mapia Island Group
August 2, 1944 - November 18, 1944

Wartime History
During November 15-17, 1944, elements of the U. S. Army 31st Infantry Division, 167th Infantry Regiment made an amphibious landing at Mapia Island (Pegun Island). Those defenders who were not killed, fled into the jungle and most died of starvation.

Bras Island (Berasi)
Main island in the Mapia Island Group, in the northeast of the atoll.

Pegun Island (Mapia)
Main island in the Mapia Island Group, in the southeast of the atoll. Also known as Mapia Island or Pulau Pegun. Today, there is a small settlement on the southern portion of the island.

References
Pub. 164 Sailing Direction (Enroute) New Guinea page 251

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Last Updated
February 4, 2018

 

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