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Milne Bay
Milne Bay
is a large bay in Milne Bay
Milne Bay
Province, south-eastern Papua New Guinea. More than 35 kilometres (22 miles) long and over 15 kilometres (9 miles) wide, Milne Bay
Milne Bay
is a sheltered deep-water harbour, surrounded by the heavily wooded Stirling Range to the north and south, and on the northern shore, a narrow coastal strip, soggy with sago and mangrove swamps.[1] The bay is named after Sir Alexander Milne.

Contents

1 History

1.1 World War II

2 See also 3 Gallery 4 References

History[edit]

Surveyed by Luis Vaez de Torres
Luis Vaez de Torres
in July 1606.[2] Surveyed by Captain Owen Stanley, R.N. F.R.S. in 1850.[3]

World War II[edit]

Australian troops at Milne Bay, 1 October 1942

During World War II, the area was the site of the Battle of Milne Bay in 1942 and by late 1943 it became the major support base for the New Guinea campaign through the development of Finschhafen
Finschhafen
as an advanced base after that area was secured in the Huon Peninsula campaign. By January 1944 about 140 vessels were in harbor due to congestion at the facilities. Congestion was relieved by opening of a port at Finschhafen
Finschhafen
and extensive improvements at Milne Bay.[4] Malaria was a major problem in New Guinea and Milne Bay
Milne Bay
was particularly hard hit with incidents of the disease hitting at a rate of 4,000 cases per 1,000 troops per year and estimated 12,000 man-days a month lost time.[5] There were three planes ditched off the island in 1943, a P-38H Lightning, a P-38F Lightning, and a B-24D Liberator "The Leila Belle" (MIA).[6] See also[edit]

Battle of Buna–Gona Milne Force Operation Lilliput

Gallery[edit]

Milne Bay
Milne Bay
seen from space.

Milne Bay
Milne Bay
from Alotau.

Treehouse, in 1884-1885

References[edit]

Wikivoyage has a travel guide for Milne Bay.

^ James, Karl. "General Clowes of Milne Bay". Retrieved 4 September 2012.  ^ Royal Geographical Society. Supplementary Papers. 1886. p 270 ^ Hydrographic Map of Papua or New Guinea Sheet 7, Southeast coast, Orangerie Bay to Bramble Haven, 1852-1888 ^ Leighton, Coakley & 1955-68, pp. 450—451, v.2. ^ Condon-Rall 1998, p. 137. ^ Basilisk Island Pacific Wrecks

Condon-Rall, Mary Ellen; Cowdrey, Albert E. (1998). The Technical Services—The Medical Department: Medical Service In The War Against Japan. United States Army In World War II. Washington, DC: Center Of Military History, United States Army. LCCN 97022644.  Leighton, Richard M; Coakley, Robert W (1999). The War Department — Global Logistics And Strategy 1943–1945. United States Army In World War II. 2. Washington, DC: Center Of Military History, United States Army. LCCN 55060001. 

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