Sudest Island the largest island in the Louisiade Archipelago, roughly 225 miles southeast of New Guinea Named by European explorers "Sudest". The island has an area of 310 square miles and is surrounded by a coral reef, the rugged island's highest elevation is Mount Riu (Mount Rattlesnake) with an elevation of 2,644'. Also known as "Tagula". The island is known to local people as "Vanatinai".
Village on the south-eastern coast of the island
D3A1 Val Manufacture Number 3381
Force landed May 8, 1942 during the Battle of Coral Sea
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October 23, 2019