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    Malaguna Seaplane Base East New Britain Papua New Guinea (PNG)
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IJN c1942-1943

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IJN February 8, 1943

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RNZAF September 1945

Location
Malaguna Seaplane Base was located on the beach at Malaguna 3 to the east of the Malaguna Road and the Catholic church, north of Vulcan. Seaplane takeoffs and landings were made in Simpson Harbor. Other seaplane anchorages were across Simpson Harbor at Sulphur Creek Seaplane Base (Rabaul) and Matupi Seaplane Base.

World War II Pacific Theatre History
Used by the Japanese Navy as a seaplane mooring and take off area during 1942 - 1945.

During the middle of 1943, Navy correspondent Hajime Yoshida photographed F1M2 Pete seaplanes from the 958 Kokutai moored at this location.

After Japan surrendered on August 15, 1945, a surviving E13A Jake 4326 at this location was painted in surrender markings: overall white with green crosses at Malaguna Seaplane Base. During September 1945, photographed on a dolly in surrender markings.

On October 14, 1945 a pilot (unclear if Japanese or Allied) taxied E13A Jake 4326 from Malaguna Seaplane Base then took off from Simpson Harbor. Airborne, this Jake joined formation with B5N2 Kate Tail 302 from Vunakanau Airfield and the pair were escorted by four Royal New Zealand Air Force (RNZAF) F4U Corsairs from No. 16 Squadron led by Bryan B. Cox. The Kate landed at Jacquinot Bay Airfield and the Jake landed in Jacquinot Bay. This was the last confirmed flight of Japanese aircraft in present day Papua New Guinea (PNG).

Today
Disused as a seaplane base since the war.

References
Pacific Aircraft Wrecks page 20 (lower photo, caption incorrectly list location as Kokopo)

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September 26, 2020

 

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