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    Owi Island Biak Numfor Regency | Papua Province Indonesia
Location
Lat 1° 15' 0S Long 136° 11' 60E  Owi Island is part of the Schouten Island Group. To the north is Biak Island and to the south is Yapen Island (Japen).

Wartime History
Occupied by the Japanese. On June 1, 1944 a reconnaissance was performed of Mios Woendi, Aoeki, and Owi Islands by Navy personnel and engineers from Task Force Hurricane. On June 2, 1944 the U. S. Army 41st Infantry Division, 163rd Infantry Regiment, Company A secured Owi and Mios Woendi. On June 3, 1944 U. S. Army engineers, anti-aircraft, radar and 155mm howitzers to provide fire support against southern Biak were landed on the island. The engineers built Owi Airfield in three weeks and was used between June 1944 until late November 1944

Owi Airfield (Owi Drome)
Built by the U. S. Army and used as a fighter and bomber base in from middle to late 1944.

References
U. S. Army in World War II The Approach to the Philippines Chapter XIV Frustration at Mokmer Drome page 341

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June 15, 2019

 

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