Harengan Island, Admiralty Islands, Bismarck Archipelago. October 1944. A group of Australians ...

Accession Number P02838.001
Collection type Photograph
Object type Black & white, Landscape
Physical description Black & white, Landscape
Conflict Second World War, 1939-1945
Copyright

Item copyright: Copyright expired - public domain

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Description

Harengan Island, Admiralty Islands, Bismarck Archipelago. October 1944. A group of Australians and Americans who operate the radar stations on Harengan Island standing around a truck. Allied landings of early 1944 capturing islands to the north of New Britain had isolated the Japanese garrison at Rabaul and also forced the withdrawal of Japanese airpower from New Britain. A network of radar stations were established on the Admiralty Islands to provide early warning of Japanese air and naval activity. The two radar stations on Harengan Island were part of this network. The RAAF's No. 345 Radar Station searched for Japanese aircraft while the US Navy 10cm radar station searched for surface ships. Wearing the pith helmet is Lieutenant Phillips, USN, Commanding Officer of the USN radar station, and with his foot on the step and holding the tray of the truck is Flying Officer Walter Fielder-Gill, Commanding Officer of No. 345 Radar Station. (Donor W. Fielder-Gill)

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