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    Kavieng Seaplane Base New Ireland Province Papua New Guinea (PNG)
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5th AF Feb 15, 1944

Kavieng Seaplane Base was located at Kavieng and Kavieng Harbor.

Built by the Japanese Navy as a seaplane base with shore facilities on the beach of Kavieng. Single engine seaplanes were moored in Kavieng Harbor and used the harbor as a take off and landing area.

Japanese units based at Kavieng Seaplane Base:
958 Kokutai (F1M Pete & E13A1 Jake)

Disused as a seaplane base since the war. Several aircraft wrecks in the adjacent water that were strafed or bombed while at anchor during the war.

Don Fetterly adds:
"Thirty meters away from the base lies a Pete however this is badly smashed about. Both these planes are just off the wartime float plane base at Kavieng. Further in shore there is a excellent Pete (Mitsubishi F1M). This is upside down and is remarkably intact except for a bad case of "anchor rash" through the starboard wing section. This rash is only recently been done. I remember coming to Kavieng some 18 years ago and dived on this plane and it was perfect."

E13A1 Jake
Sunk at its mooring in Kavieng Harbor, upright on a sandy bottom

E13A1 Jake
Sunk in Kavieng Harbor, upside down with the floats torn off nearby

F1M2 Pete (Deep Pete)
Discovered in April 2004, nicknamed "Deep Pete" upside down on a sandy bottom

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September 24, 2018


April 23, 1943

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