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Justin Taylan 2003
St. John's Mission was used as the Japanese Navy headquarters on Kairiru and also as the shore facilities for the Kairiru Seaplane Base offshore.
During April 1943 until August 1944 Saint John's Mission was attacked by Allied aircraft and PT Boats. On March 21, 1944 the mission was largely destroyed by American bombing.
Allied missions against Kairiru
Between September 1943 to April 1945, Japanese Navy on Kairiru Island was responsible for the detention, interrogation, torture and execution of at least eight Allied Prisoners Of War (POW) including six American and two Australian in the vicinity of Saint John's Mission.
During September 1943, the entire crew of B-25D Mitchell 41-30319 were executed at Saint John's Mission:
During the middle of October 1943, the entire crew of B-25D 41-30561 were captured and detained on Kairiru. The two officers Stookey and Evans were transported to Rabaul. The three enlisted men were executed on Kairiru:
During the middle of April 1945, at least two Australian Army "Z Force" commandos from "Operation Copper" were executed on Kairuru.
Kairiru Seaplane Base
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