First View of New Guinea
"Copy of the first view of New Guinea as the SS Gen John Pope arrived" From "Darkroom Soldier": "The Wharf of Milne Bay, November 4, 1943. Here, in August, 1942, an attack by Japanese naval forces had been repulsed by Australian infantry defending this twenty-mile long bay. When Hill arrived here, his Fifth Air Force contingent spearheaded Allied forces preparing to attack Japanese defensive positions along the New Guinea coast -- the first step in taking the battle to Japan. Because his camera was still in his baggage in the hold of the USS General John Pope, Hill salvaged this photograph by an anonymous photographer. Background: long low building among palms is the Red Cross Recreation Center." ("Darkroom Soldier" caption authored by George Venn)
Helten, Paula (curator)
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Milne Bay, New Guinea
From the Collection of Fred Hill