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    Jacquinot Bay East New Britain Province Papua New Guinea (PNG)
AWM April 9, 1942
Aust Army Sept 8, 1945

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RNZAF Oct 14, 1945
Jacquinot Bay is located on the southern coast of New Britain. Borders Malmal (Mal Mal), Manginuna, Palmalmal Plantation and Jacquinot Bay Airfield on the western edge. Prewar and during the Pacific War located in the Territory of New Guinea. Today located in East New Britain Province in Papua New Guinea (PNG).

Wartime History
During early April 1942, MV Laurabada rescued 156 Australian soldiers and civilians that had gathered at Pal Mal Mal after fleeing Rabaul and transported them to Port Moresby. Afterwards, occupied by the Japanese until abandoned during the middle of 1944.

American missions against Jacquinot Bay
December 30, 1942–May 16, 1944

During August 1944, the Australian Army 6th Brigade landed at Jacquinot Bay and began developing the area into a base area for operations building Jacquinot Bay Airfield plus a base area and divisional area bordering Jacquinot Bay. The only means of moving from one point to another was by barge, and these were fully employed unloading the larger ships. Company "B" of the U. S. Army 594th Engineer Boat and Shore Regiment (594th EBSR) was the only American unit involved in the operation.

By the end of November 1944, advanced headquarters of the Fifth Division, under the command of Major-General A. H. Ramsay was established at Jacquinot, and 6th Brigade had handed over the defense of the area to the 13th Brigade, which arrived from the Northern Territory.

During late 1944, the 594th Engineer Boat & Shore Regiment "B" Company was based at Jacquinot Bay and used to transport troops and supplies along the southern coast of New Britain, including landing the 14/32nd Infantry Battalion at Keip Plantation at Wide Bay on January 28, 1945.

During January 1945 the Australian Army 13th Brigade, commanded by Brigadier E G H McKenzie) were camped at Jacquinot Bay. At the end of the war, RAAF No. 311 radar station arrived at Jacquinot Bay. On September 7, 1945, HMAS Vendetta (D69) desembarks Allied Prisoners Of War (POWs) liberated from Rabaul and Watom Island onto a Royal New Zealand Air-Sea Rescue Boat that takes them ashore to the Australian Army 2/8th General Hospital at Jacquinot Bay.

Jacquinot Bay Airfield
Built by Australians, used by RNZAF until the end of the war, still in use today

Gasvala Lagoon
Borders Jacquinot Bay

E13A Jake Manufacture Number 4326
Surrendered in October 14, 1945, sunk in Gasvala Lagoon

C-47 Dakota Serial Number A65-54
Pilot Hanrahan crashed November 15, 1945

A6M3 Model 22 Zero 3479
Flown to surrender on August 18, 1945, ditched on test flight afterwards

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