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    Lesson Point East New Britain Province Papua New Guinea (PNG)
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5th CCU January 5, 1943

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5th AF c1943
Lesson Point is located on the north coast of New Britain bordering Blanche Bay to the north. Nearby is Rapopo. Coral reefs fringe the point.

Rapopo Plantation (Kabakaul Plantation) planted with coconut palms harvesting copra spanned Lesson Point. To the east was Ulaveo Plantation. Two plantation houses were located at the northeast tip: Duncan's House and Randal's House and a small jetty. To the west was another plantation.

Wartime History
During late January 1942, occupied by the Japanese and developed into a base. During late 1942, Rapopo Airfield was built at this location. The runway was completed by January 1943. By early March, a light anti-aircraft battery was established at the tip of Lesson Point with other anti-aircraft guns and defenses nearby. Between January 1943 until the end of the Pacific War, this area was targeted by Allied aircraft.

American missions against Rapopo (Lesson Point)
January 26, 1943–June 23, 1944

Rapopo Airfield (Rabaul South, South Airfield)
Japanese built airfield, abandoned since the war.

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October 23, 2019


March 12, 1943

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