Bora Bora Atoll is a small island group to the north-west of Tahiti, part of the leeward group of French Polyneisa (Society Islands). Known to natives as "Pora Pora".
During the war,
5,000 US soldiers landed on Bora Bora soon after
Pearl Harbor to thwart the Japanese advance in
the Pacific. Author James Mitchner was one of them.
Robert Rocker adds:
"About 25 years ago I read a story that the 7th AF had a squadron of P-40's on garrison Duty at Bora Bora along with some Army soldiers to keep the Japs out well one day one of these P-40's was flying a patrol and was given a radar vector of a bogey and he set course to check it out it turned out to be a Emily Flying Boat coming to recon Bora Bora and the P-40 shot it down do you know anything about this story it is the only story in the whole Pacific War where a Army Air Force fighter shot down a Japanese flying boat."
Village located on the western side of Bora Bora Island. A seaplane ramp and refueling
station were located here. A
WWII remain. Inshore Patrol Squadron VS-2-D14 was based here starting in February
Fortifications & Guns
The island has some wartime bunkers, and two never 7" costal guns emplaced
on the north shore, near Faanui.
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August 25, 2018