In June 1944, the 503d set up camp at Ebli Plantation, a large
coconut plantation 15 miles inland from Humbolt Bay. A few
miles to the northwest of Ebli was Tanahmerah. Humbolt Bay was
a good harbour and thus enhanced the strategic value of the area.
Hollandia was on the west side of the bay. To the immediate south is
Whilst at Ebli, a jump on
Biak was planned. It was also anticipated the 503d would make Biak
its advance base. Neither occurred.