Lat 04°13'S, Long 151°27'E Cape Lambert is located to the west of Rabaul, further to the west is Ataliklikun Bay.
A6M2 Model 21 Zero Manufacture
Number 31870 Tail
Ditched January 18, 1945 salvaged August 1972 today Tokyo Science Museum
During the 1920's the German administration placed a reef marker at this location, still present to this day. In a tragic series of events, two PT Boats were caught inside the enemy side of the demarcation line on New Britain and were attacked by friendly aircraft when discovered the next morning. In the end, both PT boats were sunk and 19 killed aboard them. Two aircraft shot down by defensive return fire from the PT Boats.
Captain Burk sunk by friendly fire April 29, 1944
Captain Williams sunk by friendly fire April 29, 1944
FG-1A Corsair 13307
Pilot Cochran shot down April 29, 1944, missing
F6F-3 Hellcat 09012
Pilot Knight shot down April 29, 1944, rescued
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February 4, 2018