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    Sariba Island Milne Bay Province Papua New Guinea (PNG)

Location
Located to the east of Samarai Island and Milne Bay.

Namoai Bay
Located at the eastern side of Sariba Island. During October to December 1943, Namoai Bay was used USS Half Moon (AVP-26) seaplane tender to support flying boat operations by US Navy VP-52 (VPB-52) PBY Catalinas.

Jenkins Bay
Located off the north coast of Sariba Island. During August 1943, US Navy, 84th Naval Construction Battalion "SeaBees" was assigned the task of building a small seaplane operating base in Jenkins Bay, consisting of a camp for 130 men, a small boat pier, communications building, offices, and general storehouses."

Maxine Nadile adds:
"I come from Sariba Island. My village is called Sawasawaga. They set up camp at our site and constructed a mess, bathroom facilities as well as a dam. The concrete floor for the mess still remains and there's a pontoon buried in the sea in front of the village. They also left engraved in the cement for the dam, the following: U.S. Navy 1943, 84 By BA C.B. My grandfather often speaks of the Americans."

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Last Updated
January 11, 2018

 

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