September 18, 1945
Today in World War II Pacific History
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TUESDAY, 18 SEPTEMBER 1945
RAAF: Lost is Dakota A65-61 (MIA) on an administrative flight over the Carstenz
Ranges of New Guinea.
IJN/JAAF: Four Japanese aircraft at Rabaul painted in surrender markings of white with green crosses including Ki-46-II Dinah 2783, A6M5 Zero 4043, A6M5 Zero 4379 and A6M5 Zero 4444 took off from Vunakanau Airfield flown by Japanese pilots to Jacquinot
Bay Airfield to surrender to the Royal New Zealand Air Force (RNZAF). The Japanese formation was escorted by RNZAF Corsairs. After landing, the pilots saluted made a report and were flown aboard a RNZAF PBY Catalina back to Rabaul where they became Japanese Prisoners Of War (POW).
RNZAF: Corsairs escort the four Japanese aircraft on a flight from Vunakanau Airfield to Jacquinot
Bay Airfield to surrender.