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    Rabi (Rabe) Milne Bay Province Papua New Guinea (PNG)

Location
Rabi is a village located between Turnbull Airfield (No. 3 Strip) to the east and Koebule Mission (KB Mission) to the west, along the road known as Route 5. During the Pacific War, the Japanese refereed to the entire Milne Bay area as "Rabi".

Wartime History
On August 31, 1942 Japanese forces advanced to Rabi during their attack against Turnbull Airfield (No. 3 Strip) in the early hours of the night. Following the Japanese failed assault, they met Australian Army 2/12 Battalion and commandos at Rabi at the Gama River. During the action, two Japanese light tanks became bogged along the road: Type 95 Ha Go Hull Number 1614 and Type 95 Ha Go and were both abandoned. After the battle, both tanks were salvaged to Australia.

After the Battle of Milne Bay, the Rabi area was developed into an Allied camp area with Australian Army and Royal Australian Air Force (RAAF) personnel camped in the vicinity. The Rabi area was targeted by Japanese air raids during 1942–1943.

Allied and Japanese missions against Milne Bay
August 4, 1942 - August 9, 1943

Rabi was used as a base area until the end of the Pacific War.

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Last Updated
January 11, 2018

 

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