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    Buka Passage Autonomous Region of Bougainville Papua New Guinea (PNG)
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USN April 2, 1942
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USN December 15, 1942

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November 11, 1944
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RNZAF March 1945

Buka Passage roughly one kilometer wide with strong currents located in Autonomous Region of Bougainville (Bougainville Province) in Papua New Guinea (PNG). To the south is Bonis on the northern tip of Bougainville Island and to the north is Buka Island. In the center of the passage is Sohano Island. To the south is Matchin Bay.

Wartime History
During 1942, occupied by the Japanese for the duration of the Pacific War. During 1942-1943 used as a seaplane anchorage and landing area and Japanese ships including warships, transports and barges.

Allied missions against Buka Passage
January 14 1943 - June 15, 1944

Buka Seaplane Base (Buka Passage)
Japanese seaplane base and anchorage

E13A Jake
Upside down wreckage wings and empennage only. Possibly, removed circa 2004.

Stern Out of Water Shipwreck
During the 1970s the stern was visible above the surface at low tide.

On Its Side Shipwreck
Rests on its side on a 60' bottom

Propeller Shipwreck

This sunken ship has a propeller attached

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Last Updated
August 25, 2018


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