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    Kavieng Seaplane Base New Ireland Province Papua New Guinea (PNG)
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5th AF Feb 15, 1944

Kavieng Seaplane Base was located at Kavieng and Kavieng Harbor. Prewar and during the Pacific War located in the Territory of New Guinea. Today located in Kavieng Urban LLG of Kavieng District in New Ireland Province in Papua New Guinea (PNG).

Built by the Japanese Navy as a seaplane base with shore facilities on the beach of Kavieng. Single engine seaplanes were moored in Kavieng Harbor and used the harbor as a take off and landing area.

Japanese units based at Kavieng Seaplane Base:
958 Kokutai (F1M2 Pete & E13A1 Jake)

Since the Pacific War, disused as a seaplane base. Today, several aircraft wrecks in the adjacent water that were strafed or bombed and sunk at their moorings remain to this day and are SCUBA dive sites.

Donald Fetterly adds:
"Thirty meters away from the base lies a Pete however this is badly smashed about. Both these planes are just off the wartime float plane base at Kavieng.

E13A1 Jake (Upright Jake)
Sunk at its mooring in Kavieng Harbor, upright on a sandy bottom.

E13A1 Jake (Upside Down Jake)
Sunk in Kavieng Harbor, upside down with the floats torn off nearby.

F1M2 Pete (Broken Pete)
Sunk upside down in shallow water. Nicknamed "Shallow Pete".

F1M2 Pete (Shallow Pete)
Sunk upside down in shallow water. Nicknamed "Shallow Pete".

F1M2 Pete (Deep Pete)
Landed or crashed off Kaveing Harbor upside down discovered April 2004. Nicknamed "Deep Pete".

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April 7, 2020


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