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    Malaguna Seaplane Base East New Britain Papua New Guinea (PNG)
IJN February 8, 1943

Malaguna Seaplane Base was located on the beach at Malaguna 3 to the east of the Malaguna Road and the Catholic church, north of Vulcan. Seaplane takeoffs and landings were made in Simpson Harbor. Other seaplane anchorages were across Simpson Harbor at Sulphur Creek Seaplane Base (Rabaul) and Matupi Seaplane Base.

World War II Pacific Theatre History
Used by the Japanese Navy as a seaplane mooring and take off area during 1942 - 1945.

During the middle of 1943, Navy correspondent Hajime Yoshida photographed F1M2 Pete seaplanes from the 958 Kokutai moored at this location.

After Japan surrendered on August 15, 1945, a surviving E13A Jake 4326 was painted in surrender markings: overall white with green crosses at Malaguna Seaplane Base and photographed by the RNZAF during September 1945. On October 14, 1945, this Jake and B5N2 Kate were flown from Rabaul to Jacquinot Bay, escorted by four RNZAF Corsairs of 16 Squadron, led by Bryan Cox. This was the last flight of a Japanese aircraft from Rabaul to fly during the war.

Disused as a seaplane base since the war.

Pacific Aircraft Wrecks page 20 (lower photo, caption incorrectly list location as Kokopo)

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September 24, 2018


March 18, 1943
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