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    Cape Lambert East New Britain Province Papua New Guinea (PNG)
Lat 04°13'S, Long 151°27'E  Cape Lambert is located at the northwest tip of the Gazelle Peninsula the northern coast of New Britain Island. Borders Lassul Bay. To the east is Ataliklikun Bay and beyond Rabaul. Prewar and during World War II New Britain was part of the Territory of New Guinea. Today located in East New Britain Province in Papua New Guinea.

A6M2 Model 21 Zero Manufacture Number 31870 Tail 53-122
Ditched January 18, 1945 salvaged August 1972 today Tokyo Science Museum

Lassul Bay
During the 1920's the German administration placed a reef marker at this location, still present to this day. In a tragic series of events, two PT Boats were caught inside the enemy side of the demarcation line on New Britain and were attacked by friendly aircraft when discovered the next morning. In the end, both PT boats were sunk and 19 killed aboard them. Two aircraft shot down by defensive return fire from the PT Boats.

Captain Burk sunk by friendly fire April 29, 1944

PT-347 "Zombie"
Captain Williams sunk by friendly fire April 29, 1944

FG-1A Corsair 13307
Pilot Cochran shot down April 29, 1944, missing

F6F-3 Hellcat 09012
Pilot Knight shot down April 29, 1944, rescued

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Last Updated
March 22, 2020


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