Tanahmerah Bay is located on the north coast of New Guinea with Cape Tanahmerah to the north. To the east are the Cyclops Mountains and Hollandia (Jayapura). To the south is Depapre Bay and Depapre. A prewar track connected
Tanahmerah Bay to Hollandia. Also known as Tanah Merah Bay or Teluk Tanahmerah (red soil bay) in Indonesian.
On April 22, 1944 during Operation Reckless, a naval
bombardment proceeded the amphibious landing of the U. S. Army 24th Division, 19th Infantry Regiments and 21st Infantry Regiments on the beaches of Tanahmerah Bay code named "Red Beach 1" at Depapre and "Red Beach 2" further to the north. Aferwards, the track was expanded into a road by the U. S. Army.
Several tanks hulks are to the east
of Depapre at the base of the track.
Crashed into Tanahmerah Bay, shot down by a P-38 piloted by Richard
I. Bong and salvaged afterwards
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February 4, 2018