Buka Passage roughly one kilometer wide with strong currents located in Autonomous Region of Bougainville (Bougainville Province) in Papua New Guinea (PNG). To the south is Bonis on the northern tip of Bougainville Island and to the north is Buka Island. In the center of the passage is Sohano Island. To the south is Matchin Bay.
During 1942, occupied by the Japanese for the duration of the Pacific War. During 1942-1943 used as a seaplane anchorage and landing area and Japanese ships including warships, transports and barges.
Allied missions against Buka Passage
January 14 1943 - June 15, 1944
Buka Seaplane Base (Buka Passage)
Japanese seaplane base and anchorage
Upside down wreckage wings and empennage only. Possibly, removed circa 2004.
Stern Out of Water Shipwreck
During the 1970s the stern was visible above the surface at low tide.
On Its Side Shipwreck
Rests on its side on a 60' bottom
This sunken ship has a propeller attached
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August 4, 2018