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Anti-Aircraft and Search Light Command Bunker
(aka "Yamamoto Bunker" / "The Admiral's Bunker")

Central Avenue and Clarke Street
Rabaul, East New Britain
Built by the Imperial Japanese Navy (IJN) as a concrete bunker near the New Guinea Club (Rabaul) in Rabaul.

Wartime History
This bunker was the command bunker for the Navy's searchlight and anti-aircraft defenses.

Postwar, this bunker became known as "The Admiral's Bunker" or 'Yamamoto Bunker". This is the bunker where Admiral Yamamoto supposedly spent his last night before being shot down over Bougainville. This is unlikely.

Prior to the 1994 eruption, a small war museum opposite the New Guinea Club on the corner of Central Avenue and Clarke Street. Outside was a Type 97 Te Ke Tankette, 25mm Anti-Aircraft Gun Type 96 (1936) Triple and howitzer. Inside is a collection of odds and ends in two control rooms; Japanese maps can still be seen on the walls.

During the eruption, the bunker was covered in ash, and is rarely visited. It as been dug out, but all the items inside were moved to the Kokopo War Museum including the Type 97 Te Ke Tankette. Other items were moved to the New Guinea Club (Rabaul). Only the 25mm Anti-Aircraft Gun Type 96 Triple remains today. It is open to visitors but is empty inside.

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