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    Duke of York Island Group (Duke of York Islands) East New Britain Province PNG

Location
The Duke of York Island Group (Duke of York Islands) is located between New Britain and New Ireland. Also known as "Duke of York Islands" or sometimes simply as the "Dukes". To the west is Rabaul.

Wartime History
In middle of 1942 Japanese forces occupied the Duke of York Islands and undertook labor projects and farming. During 1944, the Duke of York Islands were attacked by Allied aircraft including fighters and bombers.

Allied missions against Duke of York Islands
March 4 - June 1, 1944

At the end of the Pacific War, the garrison was commanded by Colonel Yanagiya. In September 1945, after the official surrender of Rabaul, a group of Australian Army troops arrived in the Duke of Yorks Islands to accept the surrender of the Japanese, collect weapons and oversee the occupation.

Duke of York Island
Largest island in the group

Mioko Island
Island located to the south of Duke of York Island

Rakanda Island
Island located southwest of Duke of York Island

Credner Island
Smaller island to the southwest of the Duke of York group

HMAS AE1
Sunk September 14, 1914 discovered December 21, 2017

FG-1A Corsair Bureau Number 13212
Pilot Leach MIA February 24, 1944 last seen in his life raft

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Last Updated
February 4, 2018

 

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