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    Aku (Aka) Autonomous Region of Bougainville Papua New Guinea (PNG)
Lat 6° 45' 0S Long 155° 35' 60E  Aku village is an inland in southwestern Bougainville Island in the Autonomous Region of Bougainville (Bougainville Province) in Papua New Guinea (PNG). Also known as "Aka".

Aku plantation was planted with coconut palms harvesting copra.

Wartime History
During early 1942, the area was occupied by the Japanese until the end of the Pacific War. On April 18, 1943 a Japanese Army group under the command of Lt. Hamasuna at Aku and observed smoke rising from the jungle. At first, they believed an American aircraft had crashed. Immediately, Lt. Hamasuna led a patrol of twelve into the jungle to locate the crash site. The next day, they reached the fatal crash and realized it was a Japanese bomber later identified as G4M1 Betty 2656 with Admiral Isoroku Yamamoto.

G4M1 Betty Manufacture Number 2656 Tail 323
Pilot Koyani crashed April 18, 1943 with passenger Admiral Isoroku Yamamoto

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Last Updated
September 27, 2019


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