Milne Bay, 5 September 1942

The Battle of Milne Bay resulted in the first defeat of a Japanese land force in the Second World War.

  • Roll of Honour talk, presented by Dr Peter Londey, on Thursday 5 September 2002 beside the Roll of Honour at the Memorial. (transcript and audio)

  • Documents from the collection: "Lessons from Recent Fighting" a report prepared by the Commander of Milne Force, Major General Cyril Clowes, on operations between 25 August and 7 September 1942.

  • Education Activity: Learn about Dr William Deane-Butcher, the medical officer for 75 Squadron, the defenders of the critical Milne Bay airstrip.

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Curtiss P40 Kittyhawk fighter aircraft. Ground crew sat on the wing tips to guide the pilot who could not see over the nose while taxiing on the Pierced Steel Plating (PSP) runway.
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