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    But East Sepik Province Papua New Guinea (PNG)
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D Pennefather 1972

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Justin Taylan 2004
Lat 3° 23' 30S Long 143° 14' 7EE  But is located on the north coast of New Guinea, to the west of Dagua and Wewak. Pronounced "Boot". Also know as "Buteim" or "Butaim".

Today located in East Sepik Province in Papua New Guinea (PNG).

But Airfield (But West)
Japanese built airfield near But village. Netralized by Allied aerial attacks. Abandoned today.

Ki-46-II Dinah Manufacture Number 2406
Crashed near But

Japanese Memorial at But
A Japanese memorial to their war dead, on the road east of But Airfield. The reverse side of the memorial reads in english: "To console all countries. January 1971. Mrs. A. Kamei Nara, Japan has founded Late Bravious Solderi's Soles"

Dave Pennefather recalls:
"There is an interesting story here. When the Japanese arrived at But in 1942 they were greeted by the parish Priest who was German – and presumably an ally of theirs. For reasons that have never been explained the German priest was executed and to this day his remains have never been recovered. Then in 1971 a party of Japanese arrived at But and asked the incumbent parish priest if they could build their memorial on the missions land. When they spoke to the priest they did so in broken English. The priest, who was Dutch, replied to them in fluent Japanese. Impressed, the Japanese asked him where had he learnt their language to which the priest replied ‘I learnt your language during 4 years as a prisoner in one of your bloody concentration camps.’ The priest then went on and told them the story of the wartime execution and concluded by telling them that he would never give them permission to build their memorial on his missions land. That is why you will find this memorial on village land down by the road side near the beach.

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