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    Taberfane Seaplane Base Aru Islands (Aroe) | Maluku Province Indonesia
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RAAF June 12, 1943
Lat 6° 11' 0" Long 134° 7' 0"  Taberfane Seaplane Base is located at Taberfane on the west coast of Tarangan Island in the Aru Islands (Aroe). Prewar and during the Pacific War located in the Netherlands East Indies (NEI). Today located in Maluku Province in Indonesia.

Wartime History
During the Pacific War, the Japanese Navy established a seaplane base at this location operating F1M2 Pete and A6M2-N Rufe seaplanes. Starting in May 1943, Royal Australian Air Force (RAAF) began attacking the base. In response, the Japanese increased anti-aircraft defenses in the area but were unable to defend the airspace.  By June 1943, the remaining aircraft were evacuated.

Allied missions against Taberfane
May 6 - June 4, 1943

Beaufighter A19-60
Pilot Budd MIA May 6, 1943

Beaufighter A19-47
Pilot Gardiner crashed August 21, 1943 aerial colission

Beaufighter A19-63
Pilot Leithhead crashed August 21, 1943 aerial colission

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October 25, 2020



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