Anti-Aircraft and Search Light Command Bunker
"Yamamoto Bunker" / "The Admiral's Bunker")
Central Avenue and Clarke Street
Rabaul, East New Britain
David Paulley 1982
Earl Hinz 1990
Justin Taylan 2000
Built by the Japanese during the war.
This bunker was
the command bunker for the Navy's searchlight and anti-aircraft
know 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.
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 95 Ha Go Medium Tank, anti-aircraft gun and a
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 from the museum
have been moved, to the Kokopo
War Museum. and New Guinea Club. Only the 25mm triple anti-aircraft gun remains
today. It is open to visitors but is empty inside.