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AWM March 28, 1943
Justin Taylan 2003
Operation Lilliput was a convoy effort to move supplies from Milne Bay to Oro Bay during December 1942 and June 1943. Within six months, the convoys had delivered 60,000 tons of supplies and 3,802 troops from Milne Bay to Oro Bay. Corvettes provided the majority of the escort force
Japanese missions against Oro Bay
US Army Base B (Oro Bay)
During 1943, the facilities were expanded to include Liberty Ship Wharves on the south side of Oro Bay, plus an engineering depot at the center of the bay. On the northern side was a headquarters, fuel jetty and bulk petroleum storage. Further inland was a hospital and radio transmitter. Later, the area was developed further, including a detention center at Oro Bay to rehabilitating soldiers back into combat.
During May 1944, a gallows was constructed at Oro Bay and hanged six Negro (African-American) US Army soldiers who were found guilty at their court martial for the crime of rape allegedly committed in Milne Bay.
Units based at Oro Bay
Oro Bay Airfield
Masaya (Formerly USS Dale DD-290)
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