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    Green Island Lagoon Green Island Atoll | Autonomous Region of Bougainville PNG
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New Zealand Army c1944
Lat 2° 13' 0S Long 146° 58' 60E  Green Island Lagoon is located at the center of Green Island Atoll, surrounded by Sau Island (Sale), Pinipel Island, Nissan Island (Green Island), Belil Island, Sirot Island, Barahun Island. At the center of the lagoon is Hon Island. To the northwest is Sau Island (Sale) and Pinipel Island. Also known as Nissan Lagoon. Today, part of Nissan Rural Local Level Government (Nissan Rural LLG), North Bougainville District, Autonomous Region of Bougainville (Bougainville Province), Papua New Guinea (PNG). There are three passages into Green Island Lagoon. North Channel is located between Belil Island and Sirot Island. Middle Channel is located between Sirot Island and Barahun Island. South Channel is the widest between Barahun Island and Nissan Island (Green Island).

World War II Pacific Theatre History
During January 1942, Green Island Lagoon was briefly used by Japanese Navy H6K Mavis flying boats and F1M2 Pete floatplanes used Green Island lagoon as a seaplane operating area. The lagoon area was used as a take off and landing area. Likely, there were no base facilities at this location. After the Japanese invasion of Rabaul, the seaplanes were transfered to Simpson Harbor at Rabaul. It is unclear if any Japanese seaplanes or flying boats used this location afterwards.

Allied missions against Nissan Island (Green Island)
January 1942 - February 10, 1944

Green Island Lagoon Seaplane Base
Seaplane operating area during January 1942 and February 1945 to July 1945

FG-1A Corsair Bureau Number 14015
Pilot Barnett crashed November 7, 1944 pilot bailed out and was rescued

PBJ Mitchell
Reportedly ditched into the lagoon

Unidentified Aircraft
At the end of the runway bordering the lagoon at a depth of 3m

Two Unidentified Aircraft
Two unidentified aircraft near the island in the center of the lagoon

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Last Updated
November 5, 2019


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