Go Back Report # 1622


Nov. 1, 1944; En route Milne Bay, New Guinea from San Francisco    
1825-1839 (6:25-6:39 p.m.) Lt. A. Swalling, USNR , OOD, USS Gilliam APA 157
[sic -57] had a radar indication bearing 185 deg True, distance 8000 yards. Object commenced zig-zagging, exercised general ??? Radar indication faded. Base, San Cristobal Island at 0200. (USS Gilliam Ship's Log)   

Reference for the above text is: E-mail from Francis Ridge dated April 25, 2013.   


Papua New Guinea      
Milne Bay   Latitude 10-22-49 S, Longitude 150-31-26 E (D-M-S) [bay]         
Oro Bay      Latitude 08-53-00 S, Longitude 148-30-00 E (D-M-S) [bay]          
Reference: http://geonames.nga.mil/ggmaviewer/    

North America – California,
San Francisco       
San Francisco   Latitude 37-46-30 N, Longitude 122-25-10 W (D-M-S) [populated place]      
Reference: http://geonames.usgs.gov/pls/gnispublic/f?p=154:1:1765846258792399         

USS Gilliam (APA-57) – picture of it clearly shows 57, not 157
Reference: http://www.hullnumber.com/APA-57        

The first of a new type of attack transport, Gilliam stood out of San Francisco Bay 16 October 1944 with 750 United States Army troops for Oro Bay, New Guinea, and delivered them to that port 4 November. 
Reference: http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/USS_Gilliam_(APA-57)

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