Battle of Wakde

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Battle of Wakde
Part of World War II, Pacific War
Troops at Wakde.jpg
American troops advancing on a coconut plantation
Date 15–18 May 1944
Location Wakde, Netherlands New Guinea
Result American victory
 United States  Japan
Casualties and losses
40 killed
107 wounded
759 killed
4 captured

The Battle of Wakde (Operation Straight Line) was part of the New Guinea campaign of World War II. It was fought between the United States and Japan from 15 May 1944 to 18 May 1944.

Wadke is located about 225 miles east of Biak Island and 200 miles west of Hollandia.

Task Force 77, commanded by Rear Admiral William Fechteler supported by USS Stockton covered the landing on 17 May 1944 by the 2nd Engineer Special Brigade, Company A, 542nd Engineer Boat and Shore Regiment, of the 163rd Regimental Combat Team of the 41st Infantry Division.

After a three-day battle the island was declared captured on 18 May. The capture of Wakde cost the Americans 40 killed, and 107 wounded, the Japanese lost 759 killed and 4 captured.


  • Davison, John (2004). The Pacific War Day by Day. New York: Chartwell Books, Inc. ISBN 0-7858-2752-8
  • Dunn, Richard. Japanese Operations at Wakde Island.

External links

  • Pacific War Wrecks

Coordinates: 1°56′S 139°1′E / 1.933°S 139.017°E / -1.933; 139.017

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