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    Mullins Harbor Milne Bay Province Papua New Guinea (PNG)

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Location
Lat 10° 29' S Long 149° 59'E  Mullins Harbor is roughly 10 miles long and 5 miles wide bordering the southern coast of New Guinea. At the western end is Debana Point and beyond Bona Bona Island and to the southwest is Eagle Point.  Most of the shore is lined with mangrove swamps. Prewar and during the Pacific War located in the Territory of Papua. Today located in Fife Bay District, Milne Bay Province in Papua New Guinea (PNG).

Wartime History
On April 24, 1942 three B-25 Mitchells from the 3rd Bombardment Group (3rd BG), 90th Bombardment Squadron (90th BS) on a ferry flight from Australia bound for Port Moresby became lost and all three ditched into Mullins Harbor. Afterwards, Australia New Guinea Administrative Unit (ANGAU) Captain "Mac" Rich rescued the three crews and wrote a diary about the event.

Mariawate
Mariawate village is located on the south coast of New Guinea bordering Mullins Harbor.

B-25C "Chattanooga Choo Choo" Serial Number 41-129??
Pilot Johnson, ditched April 24, 1942 crew survived

B-25C "Tojo's Nitemare" Serial Number 41-129??
Pilot Barker, ditched April 24, 1942 exploded on impact
killing the entire crew, 3 missing

B-24D Liberator Serial Number 42-41217
Pilot Turner, ditched October 28, 1943 crew survived

References
Pub. 164 Sailing Direction (Enroute) New Guinea (1994) pages 134 (map) 150 (section 6.42 Mullins Harbor)
"Mullins Harbor (Lat 10° 29' S Long 149° 59'E), located just east of Debana Point, is 10 miles long and about 5 miles wide. There are depths of 3.7 to 12.9m in the entrance and 3.7 to 5.6m within the harbor. A charted mud bank lies in the middle of the harbor. Vessels with local knowledge can anchor in the harbor."
Geographical Names - Mullins Harbour: Papua New Guinea

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July 6, 2020

 

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