“(MILNE BAY) Feb 3 – Sighted land at dawn – New Guinea. Docked at Milne Bay at noon. Over – seas at last.” Milne Bay was a U.S. & Australian military base during the war. There was a battle at it in 1942, which was the U.S. and Australian military versus the Japanese military, U.S. and Australian forces won. New Guinea is the world’s second largest island, and is part of the country of Papua New Guinea, which is right above the country of Australia.