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On August 3, 1942 Duvira Mission was spotted by three Japanese aircraft, two dropped five bombs. One hit near the northeast corner of the mission house, causing a large crater and damaging the building's veranda and caved in the roof from dirt that was thrown upward. Three bombs fell at the northeast corner of the mission, destroying a coconut palm tree that belonged to Borai. Another bomb fell to the side of Robert's house, destroying the structure and uprooting a mango tree and coconut tree. The last bomb feel at the football field at the foot of the hill.
As the war moved closer to Duvira, Reverend Gill relocated his camp further inland to a new camp location known as "X", located down the hill, southwest of the mission station. Then to "X1" further away and afterwards to "X2" closer to the Mambare River, then a third time to "X3" further inland and finally "X4" furthest inland.
During 1942-1943, native people in the vicinity loyal to Reverend Gill aided nine American aviators and escorted them to Reverend Gill at Duvira mission.
On January 26-27, 1942 natives brought the crew of Hudson A16-106 to Duvira over two days and were aided by Reverend Gill. After resting for three days, the crew trekked up the Mambare River on January 29, 1942 bound for Ioma roughly 70 miles away, arriving on February 1, 1942.
The next aviator was Sgt Ranta a crew member aboard B-17E Flying Fortress 41-2435 that crashed on August 2, 1942. Next, the seven crew members from B-26 "Dixie" 40-1496 that force landed August 7, 1942 arrived at Duvira. With Gill's assistance, the group of aviators walked to Garaina Airfield and were flown back to Port Moresby and returned to duty.
Reverend Romney Gill wrote:
On January 10, 1943 Reverend Gill met a crew member of B-26 “Yeah!” 40-1421 ditched January 7, 1943 into Hercules Bay.
On December 31, 1942 another Japanese air raid completely destroyed Duvira Mission.
On April 6 1943 John B. McKenna, Assistant District Officer, Mambare District visited the site of the Duvira Mission and found it "totally destroyed with all their contents, and nothing of value remains to be salvaged."
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