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    Gili Gili (Gill Gill) Milne Bay Province Papua New Guinea (PNG)
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43rd BG c1943

Location
Lat 10° 18' 0S Long 150° 20' 60E Gili Gili village on the north-western coast of Milne Bay, between Swinger Bay to the east and Ladava to the west. Also known as Gill Gill.

Gili Gili Dock
The main dock area, jetty and pontoon wharf. Soldiers claimed towards end of July 1942 suspected B-17 with USAAF markings overflew Gilli Gilli every day for a week, they went out and waved at it, then went away.

MV Anshun
Sunk September 6, 1942 by Japanese gunfire, re-floated September 1944 and returned to service

'A' Australian Heavy Battery
Established at Gili Gili after the Battle of Milne Bay.  This battery's equipment was transferred to Boera Battery outside Port Moresby on May 20, 1943.

Turnbull Field (No. 3 Strip)
Construction began just prior to the Battle of Milne Bay, afterwards developed into a fighter and bomber base. Disused since the war.

P-40E Kittyhawk Serial Number A29-92
Pilot Turnbull, crashed August 27, 1942

Swinger Bay (Stringer Bay)
Located at the north-east corner of Milne Bay. Seabees built an amphibious training center at this location. The facility was completed by the 105th Battalion Seabees that arrived in January 1944. The center included housing for 1,500 men in quonset huts, shore houses, mess, classrooms, shops and development of 2,000' of waterfront.

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Last Updated
August 25, 2018

 

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