Lat 36° 52' 0S Long 174° 46' 0E Auckland is located on the northern coast of the North Island.
During the Pacific War, Auckland became an important base for Allied warships and transports transiting via Auckland on their way to Australia, New Hebrides and Solomon Islands.
During the night of March 13, 1942 Japanese submarine I-25 launched their E14Y "Glen" float plane piloted by W/O Fujita Nobuo over flew the city.
During the night of May 24-25, 1942 another flight was made by another E14Y "Glen" piloted by W/O Susumoi Ito. Unaware this was an enemy aircraft, when one of the Auckland airfields turned on their landing lights to assist the aviator.
Auckland Cemetery (Waikumete Cemetery)
in Waitakere City in the western outskirts of Auckland
Royal New Zealand Navy Memorial
Devonport, Auckland. The memorial lists the names of 352 officers and men of the Royal New Zealand Navy, Royal New Zealand Naval Reserve and Royal New Zealand Naval Volunteer Reserve who died in all parts of the world during the Second World War and who have no known grave. Most were lost or buried at sea, although the memorial also honors some who died in Japanese captivity. Almost half of those commemorated were serving on the British cruiser HMS Neptune which sank after striking mines in the Mediterranean on December 19, 1941 that claimed more than 750 lives, including 150 New Zealanders.
National Museum of the Royal New Zealand Navy
(Torpedo Bay Navy Museum)
Located on the north shore of Devonport at Torpedo Bay
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January 11, 2018