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    Wide Bay East New Britain Province Papua New Guinea (PNG)

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Justin Taylan 2012

Location
Wide Bay is located on the southern coast of New Britain, roughly 50km south of Rabaul. A coastal track follows alongside Wide Bay. Inside the northwest corner of Wide Bay is Henry Reid Harbor bordering the coast between Tol Plantation (Zungen Point), Waitavalo to Kalai Plantation. Further to the west is Brown Island.

Wartime History
During early February 1942, occupied by the Japanese Army. On March 10, 1945 Australian forces landed and established a beachhead at this location. On 5 June, the 2/2nd Commando Squadron arrived at Wide Bay and established headquarters at Lamarien near Henry Reid River.

B-26 "Imogene VII" 40-1474
Pilot Massie ditched May 24, 1942 three crew rescued

P-38H Lightning 42-66821
Pilot Lutton MIA November 2, 1943

P-38H Lightning 42-66523
Pilot Bartlett crashed October 29, 1943 pilot POW, executed

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Last Updated
May 3, 2016

 

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