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Item title: Bombing of Terrace Area near Lae, New Guinea
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Location:Australian War Memorial (AWM55 12/27)
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AJRP module: Australian War Memorial official records
AJRP series: Allied Translator and Interpreter Section (ATIS) publications
AJRP sub-series: ATIS research reports
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Location details
Institution: Australian War Memorial
Call number: AWM55 12/27
Inst. series: AWM55
Inst. sub-series: AWM55 12/-
Item: RR-45
Item qualities
Quantity / desc: 3 pages
Access: Open
Item type: Unpublished, Official
Category: Information report
Item content
Creation date range (d/m/y): 29/9/1943 to 29/10/1943
Conflict code: Pacific War (1941-1945)
Australian unit names:
Allied unit names:
Japanese unit names:Sekine Bn HQ
2nd Bn
Moto Group
Names: SUZUKI, Maj
Languages: English
Area:Lae [Melanesia (PNG, Irian Jaya & Solomon Islands), New Guinea, Huon Peninsula, Lae–Markham River Area]
Lae–Markham River Area [Melanesia (PNG, Irian Jaya & Solomon Islands), New Guinea, Huon Peninsula]
Content: This is an Allied Translator and Interpreter Section (ATIS) research report on the bombing of the Terrace Area near Lae, New Guinea. The enquiry was received on 29 September 1943 and an answer despatched on 29 October 1943. Based on a notebook captured at Heath's Plantation entitled "Movement diary", dated 26 August to 8 September 1943, the report lists the records of bombing activity (time and duration of attack, number of planes) for the period 1 to 8 September. The report also refers to a sketch map which suggested that the "Terrace Area" was to the north-east of Markham road and was called "nameless high ground". This area was thought to be occupied by the Sekine Battalion Headquarters, an unnamed infantry regiment headquarters, 2nd Battalion Headquarters, and a signal company or field telegraph unit. Although the documents available to ATIS researchers made no mention of casualties in the Terrace Area, a prisoner of war stated that Japanese landing craft in Lae Harbour were all sunk between 8 and 14 September 1943. An intelligence report from Moto Group for 6 July 1943 stated the headquarters was destroyed and that the commander, Major SUZUKI, had died during a heavy raid on 5 July.
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