USN April 2, 1942
USN December 15, 1942
November 4, 1943
November 11, 1944
RNZAF March 1945
Buka Passage is a narrow passage about one kilometer wide with a strong current separating Bonis on Bougainville Island and Buka Island. In the center of the passage is Sohano Island. Located to the south is Matchin Bay.
Occupied by the Japanese during . During the war, used as a seaplane anchorage and landing area and by warships and transports.
Allied missions against Buka Passage
January 14 1943 - June 15, 1944
Buka Seaplane Base (Buka Passage)
Japanese seaplane base and anchorage
Upside down wreckage wings and empenage only. Possibly, removed circa 2004.
Stern Out of Water Shipwreck
During the 1970s the stern was visible above the surface at low tide.
On Its Side Shipwreck
Rests on its side on a 60' bottom
This sunken ship has a proeller attached
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August 5, 2015