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Lat 2° 30' 0S Long 150° 15' 0E New Hanover Island is located off the western tip of New Ireland and Kavieng. The local name is Lavongai. Offshore is Selapiu Island.
During July 1941, following their landing at Kavieng, Japanese Navy Mai No 2 Special Naval Landing Force (SNLF) landed at New Hanover and occupied the island without opposition. Occupied by the Japanese for the duration of the war until September 1945.
Allied missions against New Hanover Island
August 25, 1943 - February 21, 1944
Famous for its barracudas, and a Japanese ship and midget submarine sunk off the northwestern tip of New Hanover off Three Islands Harbor.
Sunk February 16, 1944 originally incorrectly identified as the "Taisyo Maru"
HA-52 Type B Midget Submarine
Sunk February 16, 1944
Sunk February 21, 1944 by U. S. air attack
Sunk between New Hanover and Tsoi Island
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