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    Aku (Aka) Bougainville Province Papua New Guinea (PNG)

Location
Lat 6° 45' 0S Long 155° 35' 60E  Aku village is an inland in southwestern Bougainville. Also known as "Aka".

Prewar
Aku plantation was planted with coconut palms harvesting copra.

Wartime History
On April 18, 1943 a Japanese Army patrol under the command of Lt. Hamasuna was at Aku and observed smoke rising from the jungle. At first, they believed an American aircraft had crashed. Immediately, Lt. Hamasuna led a group of twelve into the jungle to locate the crash. The next day, his patrol reached the crash site and identified it to be G4M1 Betty 2656 with Admiral Yamamoto aboard.

G4M1 Betty Manufacture Number 2656 Tail 323
Pilot Koyani crashed April 18, 1943 with Admiral Yamamoto aboard as a passenger

G4M1 Betty Tail 326
Pilot Hayashi ditched April 18, 1943 with Admiral Ugaki aboard as a passenger who survived

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Last Updated
March 11, 2018

 

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