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    Nassau Bay Morobe Province Papua New Guinea (PNG)
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USN August 18, 1943

Location
Nassau Bay is located on the north coast of New Guinea bordering the Huon Gulf, south of Salamaua. The southern end of Nassau Bay is formed by Cape Dingo and the mouth of the Tabali River. To the north is the mouth of the Bitoi River and Buyawim River.

Wartime History
During the night of June 29-30, 1943 the US Army, 32nd Infantry Division, 162nd Infantry Regiment landed at Nassau Bay. On July 1, 1943 the eastern most company of the Australian 2/6th Battalion advanced to the New Guinea coast along the southern arm of the Bitoi River, driving away a company of Japanese.

On July 2, the morning of the third day ashore, the main American force remained clustered round the beach, but that afternoon one company advanced to the Bitoi. The next day four 75mm guns were landed at Nassau, and reinforcements. By July 4th, more than 1,400 troops were ashore. Papuan soldiers advancing along the coast ahead of the 162nd regiment and reach Lake Salus on July 9 and then pushed on to Tambu Bay.

American missions against Nassau Bay
April 22 - July 12, 1943

CAC Boomerang Serial Number A46-88
Pilot Collier Shot down by US Navy anti-aircraft fire July 5, 1943

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January 11, 2018

 

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