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On May 7, 1942 at the start of the Battle of the Coral Sea a seaplane operating from this location managed to located the US Navy support Group (one battleship, two cruisers three destroyers), 78 miles south of Deboyne at 12:40.
On May 7, 1942 A6M2 Zeros and one A5M4 Claude from Shoho ditched near each other in this vicinity. On May 8, 1942 one A6M2 Zero piloted by PO2c Okura Shigeru from the 14th Shotai from Zuikaku ditched at Deboyne.
On May 10, the Japanese withdrew from Deboyne Lagoon, but Americans continued to bomb the area for nearly a week after the withdrawal.
An Allied patrols visited this area in late May-early June aboard the MV Laurabada including Lt Mac Rich and Ivan Chapman. During July 1942, an Australian Technical Rece Party investigated the Deboyne area, including: Lindsay Smooker, and photographed the wreckage.
Allied missions against Deboyne
Deboyne Seaplane Base
F1M2 Pete Tail Number R-16
A6M2 Model 21 Zero
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