Lindenhafen Seaplane Base was located on on the southern coast of New Britain to the west of Lindenhafen (Linderhaven) and east of the Amulus River with seaplanes operating in Linden Harbor. Located roughly 10 miles east of Gasmata.
World War II Pacific Theatre History
During early 1942, occupied by the Japanese. Used as a forward naval anchorage and a seaplane base with limited shore facilities. Used by the Japanese until early 1943 and abandoned by March 1943.
American missions against Linderhafen
March 18 - October 13, 1943
Sunk upside down
Sunk on the reef, broken up
Unknown Twin Engine Aircraft
This wreck is reportedly a 'twin engined seaplane wreck', sunk right the Lindenhafen jetty, where it was moored. Possibly an Aichi H9A1, a twin engined seaplane, only 31 were built.
Rod Pearce adds:
"Back in the 1960's, I had a friend who worked at the plantation there. He told me about a twin engined wreck there, that looked like a PBY Catalina and was completely intact. In 1974-5 an Australian bomb disposals crew blew it up, because bombs were aboard."
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January 9, 2018