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    Blanche Bay East New Britain Province Papua New Guinea (PNG)
5th CCU January 5, 1943
RAN Sept 10, 1945
Blanche Bay is located to the southeast of Rabaul, bordering Karavia Bay to the west and Simpson Harbor to the northwest. To the south borders Kokopo, Vunapope (Wunapope), Takubar, Raluana, Rapopo, Lesson Point and Rapopo Airfield. To the east is St. Georges Channel and New Ireland.

During November 1884, Imperial German Navy warship SMS Elizabeth entered Blanche Bay to claim New Britain for Germany.

World War I History
On September 14, 1914 Royal Australian Navy (RAN) E-Class Submarine HMAS AE1 departs Blanche Bay to patrol off Cape Gazelle and is presumed lost.

World War II History
Occupied by the Japanese during January 1942. The area was used by Japanese warships, transports and barges operating in the area. Used by the Japanese until the of the Pacific War.

Lock Katrine
Sunk around 1937 wreckage remains today

Keifuku Maru
Sunk January 5, 1943

A6M2 Model 21 Zero
Ditched off off Malapau to the west of Kokopo. This aircraft is a popular SCUBA dive site

Kinkansan Maru (Takubar Wreck)
Sunk into Blanche Bay off Takubar probably the Kinkansan Maru

B-25C "Tugboat Annie" 41-12998
Pilot Mackey MIA November 2, 1943 crashed to the north of Kokopo

P-38H Lightning 42-66680
Pilot Brown MIA January 17, 1944

P-38J Lightning 42-67617
Pilot Heckler MIA January 17, 1944

P-38J Lightning 42-67171
Pilot Langen MIA January 17, 1944

P-38J Lightning 42-67611
Pilot Schoettel MIA January 17, 1944

Pacific Islanders Under German Rule: A Study in the Meaning of Colonial Resistance pages 123

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Last Updated
February 7, 2021


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