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    Buka Passage Bougainville Province Papua New Guinea (PNG)

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USN April 2, 1942
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USN December 15, 1942

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November 11, 1944
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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.

Wartime History
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

E13A Jake
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

Propeller Shipwreck

This sunken ship has a proeller attached

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Last Updated
May 3, 2016


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