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    Praed Point East New Britain Province Papua New Guinea (PNG)
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1980

Location
Praed Point is located at the tip of the Gazelle Peninsula in East New Britain Province in Papua New Guinea (PNG). To the east is Saint George's Channel and to the south is Blanche Bay. This feature is only accessible from the sea. Immediately to the northwest is Turagunan (South Daughter) and beyond is Rabaul. Pronounced "Parade Point".

Australian 'L' Coastal Defense Battery (Praed Point Battery)
Australian built gun battery. , but never used against the Japanese, or at any point in the war. This battery was operated by 6 officers and 133 enlisted men, led by Major J. P. R. Clark, equipped with two 6" Mark VII naval guns plus two H.C.D. 90 cm Mk VI searchlights. On January 22, 1942 this gun battery never fired against the Japanese landing force.

After the Japanese occupation, they built two gun covers and concrete block houses to enhance the battery. Today, these gun covers are occupied by bats.

American missions against Praed Point
February 18, 1944–June 13, 1944

P-40N Kittyhawk NZ3175 Tail Code 65
Pilot McFarlane MIA December 17, 1943

Japanese Memorial
On the other side of the road near Matupit is a small Japanese war memorial

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Last Updated
June 15, 2019

 

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