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5th AF Nov 2, 1943

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Justin Taylan 2000

Sulphur Creek Seaplane Base was located at Sulphur Creek in Rabaul bordering Simpson Harbor and to the north of Lakunai Airfield. Also known as "Rabaul Seaplane Base" or "Simpson Harbor Seaplane Base". Seaplane takeoffs and landings were made in Simpson Harbor. Other seaplane and flyingboat anchorages at Simpson Harbor were Matupi Seaplane Base and Malaguna Seaplane Base.

The Japanese built a large concrete seaplane ramp and apron at this location to service flying boats and seaplanes.

World War II Pacific Theatre History
Used by the Japanese Navy to service flyingboats including H6K Mavis and H8K Emily, plus single engine seaplanes including E13A1 Jake and F1M2 Pete.

Japanese Units based at Rabaul Seaplane Base (Sulphur Creek)
Yokohama Air Corps (H6K Mavis) January 25, 1942

During late 1942 until the end of the war, this area was attacked by Allied fighters and bombers. Several seaplanes and flyingboats were destroyed at the base including an H6K Mavis was abandoned on the on the concrete apron.

During the late 1950s, David Bremen had a house built on former seaplane ramp.

Rod Pearce adds:
"As a child in during the late 1950s, I recall swimming on the wreck of a seaplane at this location, possibly a Jake."

The concrete seaplane ramp remained until the 1994 volcanic eruption, when it was covered in ash.

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September 24, 2018


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