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Tawi Tawi (119.886E
5.063N) is an island group with a large but exposed
anchorage at the extreme southwest
of the Philippines,
just off Borneo. The third largest
island in the Sulu Archipelago, it measured 10 by 30 miles (16 by 48
km) with a maximum elevation of 1800' (549 meters).
devoid of facilities in 1941, but the Japanese
used it as
a fleet anchorage late in the war because of its proximity to the Borneo
fields. The anchorage lacked an airfield,
were able to track the
movements of the Japanese fleet at this exposed location.
exercises were correspondingly curtailed, reducing the efficiency of
Sanga Sanga Island, off the southwest end of Tawi
Tawi, was occupied by a battalion
Regiment on 2 April 1945. A 6500' (1980 meter) airstrip was
completed by 2 May and used by RAAF units to
support operations in north Borneo.
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