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The Battle of Milne Bay
The Battle of Milne Bay, in Papua New Guinea in August/September 1942 involved Australian, American and Japanese military forces. It was a part of the Battle for Australia campaign.
75 and 76 Squadrons played a key role in the Battle. They provided effective close air support with their Kittyhawk aircraft.
The furthest west that the Japanese advanced was to Number 3 Airstrip. They attacked it on 31 August 1942 but then withdrew. A palm tree stump marked their furthest west location at the Airstrip.

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Extract from the Official History of the 9th Battery, 2/3 Australian Light Anti-Aircraft Regiment.
  • Officer Commanding Maj Margetts, Garfield
  • Battery Captain Capt Straunghton, S

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