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US Navy 1943

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Tufi PT Boat Base was located at Tufi bordering Tufi Harbor.
Today located in Oro Province in Papua New Guinea (PNG).

Wartime History
The ANGAU Station at Tufi became an advanced PT Base on December 20, 1942. Soon afterwards, PT Boats began operating from Tufi and attacking shipping along the coast from Buna to Mambare.

On December 24, 1942 PT-122 claimed to have attacked and sank a submarine off the mouth of the Kumusi River near Gona, claimed to be Japanese submarine I-22. On March 17, 1943 during a fueling accident two boats PT-67 and PT-119 burned and sank.

On April 20, 1943 the Tufi PT Boat Base was moved forward to Morobe River PT Boat Base near Morobe.

The former base is the Tufi Dive Resort and the Regional Center.

Two PT Boat Propellers
Recovered from SS Masaya in 1997. The top prop has two bullet holes near the tip of one blade. These holes were made by Japanese bullets when the ship was under attack and being strafed and bombed. This holed prop was cleaned and donated to the Tufi Dive Resort at Tufi Harbor. which was the advanced PT Base that Masaya had sailed from carrying material for a new advanced PT Base at Cape Ward Hunt.

Indo Pacific Images - The Tufi PT Boats by Don Silcock
Indo Pacific Images - The Tufi Diaries, May 10, 2009 by Don Silcock

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October 23, 2019


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