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Deboyne Island

Relief map of Louisiade Archipelago

Deboyne Island (152.352E 10.716S) is located in the Louisiade Archipelago off the southeast tip of New Guinea. Extremely primitive, with no facilities, it had an undeveloped anchorage suitable for a seaplane base. Just to the west is the northern entrance to Jomard Passage (152.12E 10.83S), which connects the Coral Sea with the Solomon Sea south of New Britain.

The Japanese seized the island on 5 May 1942, during the Battle of the Coral Sea, and the Allies raided the landing force with a handful of medium and heavy bombers four days later, but the island played little strategic role in the war.

Misima to the east was the site of a gold mine that had been worked since 1904 and was still in production when war broke out.

References

Papua New Guinea Mineral Resources Authority (accessed 2010-8-7)

Rottman (2002)


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