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USAAF Sept 9, 1943
Lat 6° 16' 60S Long 150° 19' 60E Gasmata is located on the southern coast of New Britain. 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". Today located in West New Britain Province in Papua New Guinea (PNG).
The Gasmata area was developed into a coconut palms plantation harvesting copra. A road spanned eastward to Lindenhafen (Linderhaven).
Allied missions against Gasmata
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)
A6M2 Model 21 Zero
Japanese Merchant Ship
B-24D Liberator 42-41043
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