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The Philippine Islands during WWII played a major part in many campaigns and operations by both the Americans and Japanese. Invaded in December of 1941 by a Japanese amphibious force, the islands were captured and American General MacArthur made his famous vow "I shall return" to Filipinos. American forces liberated the island after the Naval and island fighting at Leyte at the end of 1944 that preceded the American recapture of Luzon which started on January 9, 1945.

The many parts of the enormous island archipelago were effected by the war both directly and indirectly. Japanese soldiers fought on the island until the end of the war, and some beyond then! See Japanese Holdout site for more information. Cataloging wrecks in such a large area is much harder than for the smaller island groups and chains in other parts of the Pacific. The Philippines gained full independence from the United States on July 4, 1946.

    Region I - V
  Largest island in the Philippines, and capital Manila
  First Philippine island to be liberated in 1944.
 Island adjacent to Leyte, airfield
  Island group located between Luzon and Formosa
  Island between Leyte and Negros Islands
  Western Visayas, Ilo Ilo port city
  Located to the south-east of Luzon
    Region IV-B
  Island SW of Manila, Japanese holdout
  Island south of Luzon
 Small archipelago SW of Manila
 Off Busuanga Island, 11 Japanese transports sunk
    Region VI Western Visayas
  Panay Island southern portion and port city
  Panay Island eastern portion
  Island province southeast of Panay
    Region VII
  (Oriental and Occidental) Central Philippines Island
 Province including the island of Bohol
    Region IX - XII
  Southernmost Philippines Island, second largest
  Autonomous Region In Muslim Mindanan

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Last Updated
February 4, 2018


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