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    Henry Reid Harbor (Homhovulu) East New Britain Province Papua New Guinea (PNG)
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AWM c1945

Location
Henry Reid Harbor on the coast of New Britain bodering inside Wide Bay, roughly 50km south of Rabaul. Henry Reid Bay spans from Tol (Zungen Point) to the east, the Henry Reid River empties into Henry Reid Harbor west of Waitavalo. On the western side of the harbor is Brown Island and Kalai. The local name is "Homhovulu Harbor".

Wartime History
On January 21, 1942 S.23 "Calypso" A18-11 and S.23 "Coogee" A18-12 took off form Port Moresby flying via Samarai and landed at dusk on January 22 in Wide Bay off Tol to rescue Australians assembled in the area including 25 Royal Australian Air Force (RAAF) personnel plus 24 others including W/O Stanley McCosker and Australian Army signalers and civilians. After four hours loading, both boats departed safely at 7:22pm. Afterwards, S.23 "Coogee" A18-12 returned and rescued 49 more personel.

During early February 1942, the Japanese Army landed at Tol and occupied the area.

During the night of April 13-14, 1944 PT-133 and PT-132 patrolled inside Henry Reid Bay, spotting eight enemy barges. The pair attacked, sinking four with two destroyed on the beach and damaging two others, making repeated runs on the barges until they expended all their ammunition. During their attacks, the PT-Boats were attacked by an enemy plane that dropped four bombs and made two strafing runs.

During March 1945, the Australian Army occupied Tol and immediately began developing the area as a forward operating base.

Henry Reid Harbor Seaplane Base
Located off Tol. Used as a seaplane landing area and anchorage

A6M2 Model 21 Zero
Ditched, discovered by Rod Pearce / Justin Taylan May 3, 2012

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Last Updated
August 25, 2018

 

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