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    Gasmata (Gasmatta, Surumi, Tsurumi) West New Britain Province Papua New Guinea
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USAAF Sept 9, 1943

Lat 6° 16' 60S Long 150° 19' 60E  Gasmata is located on the southern coast of West New Britain Province in Papua New Guinea (PNG). Borders Thilenius Harbor (Gasmata Harbor), Malangrut Island and Awrin Island and the mouth of the Anwek River. Also known as "Gasmatta". The Japanese referred to this location as "Surumi" or "Tsurumi".

The Gasmata area was developed into a coconut palms plantation harvesting copra. A road spanned eastward to Lindenhafen (Linderhaven).

Wartime History
During the night of February 8-9, 1942 occupied by the Japanese and developed into an airfield and base area. Almost immediately, the area was targeted by Allied aircraft.

Allied missions against Gasmata
February 11, 1942 - February 5, 1944

On October 2, 1943 a PT-Boat landing party from Kiriwina landed an group of Australian, American and natives at Ablingi Harbor, west of Gasmata to collect intelligence for two weeks, and afterwards were successfully extracted. On March 28, 1944 the Gasmata area was liberated by Australian Army.

Gasmata Airfield (Surumi, Tsurumi)
Prewar airfield captured and expanded by the Japanese, abandoned by March 1944

Hudson A16-126
Missing over Gasmata on February 11, 1942 discovered March 5, 2008

Hudson A16-101
Pilot Nicolay crashed March 4, 1942

A6M2 Model 21 Zero
Piloted by Tokushige. Missing in the mountains near Gasmata August 17, 1942

Japanese Merchant Ship
Sunk off Gasmata

Hudson A16-165
Pilot Erwin crashed March 4, 1942

Beaufort Mark VIII Serial Number A9-188
Pilot Forrest MIA May 21, 1943 over Gasmata, possibly crashed into the sea, 4 missing

Beaufort Mark VIII Serial Number A9-204
Pilot Allanson crashed September 4, 1943 by anti-aircraft fire over Gasmata

Beaufort Mark VIII Serial Number A9-183
Pilot Anderson crashed September 5, 1943 wreckage located April 1946 remains recovered

Beaufort Mark VIII Serial Number A9-186
Pilot Wiggins MIA September 5, 1943 by anti-aircraft fire, 4 missing

Beaufort Mark VIII Serial Number A9-374
Pilot Woollacott MIA September 5, 1943 by anti-aircraft fire, 4 missing

B-24D Liberator 42-41043
Pilot Harris MIA December 16, 1943 presumed lost at sea, 10 missing

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Last Updated
February 4, 2018



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