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5th AF c1943
3rd BG c1944
Colin Jermy 1979
Justin Taylan Nov 2003
Hansa Bay is located on the north coast of New Guinea. On the western side of the bay is Awar Point (Condor Point). The eastern side of the bay is near Nubia. Inside Hansa Bay is Laing Island and located to the southeast is Manam Island. To the southwest is Bogia and further south is Madang. To the east is Stephan Strait. To the northwest is the mouth of the Sepik River and Wewak.
For almost a year during April 12, 1943 until March 1944, Hansa Bay was targeted by Allied aircraft that bombed and strafed the Hansa Bay area to neutralize barge traffic and defense in the area. At least 35 Japanese ships and several aircraft were lost in the Hansa Bay area.
Allied missions against Hansa Bay
On July 25, 1943 Japanese convoy "Hansa No. 5" from Palau included Hankow Maru, Aden Maru, Denmark Maru, Nagano Maru, Yubae Maru and Shinto Maru No. 1 escorted by Shirataka and subchaser CH-34 arrives at Hansa Bay at 1:25am and afterwards returns to Palau.
During June 1944, the Japanese withdrew from the Hansa Bay area, abandoning stores and equipment in the area. On June 12, 1944 patrols from the Australian Army 35th Battalion advancing from the southeastt reached Hansa Bay and were able to probe as far as the Sepik River. At Hansa Bay, a large quantities of Japanese Army military stores and equipment were found, the most captured in the New Guinea up to that point of the war.
During October 2017, a team from Project Recover to performed an underwater side scan sonar search covering nearly 27 square kilometers of the sea floor and located the wreckage of a B-24 Liberator, believed to be B-24D 'Heaven Can Wait' 42-41216.
75mm Anti-Aircraft Gun Type 88
B-25D "Reluctant Dragon" 41-30345 Tail Y
B-25D "Arkansas Traveler" 41-30594
B-24D "Heaven Can Wait" Serial Number 42-41216
B-24J "Super Mouse" 42-73338
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