3° 4' 60S Long 152° 34' 60E Lihir Island
to the north of New Ireland. Prewar, there was a Catholic Mission station located on Lihir.
Occupied by the Japanese. Possibly, used as a seaplane base or operating area by Japanese aircraft. A cave on the island was used by Japanese submarines for shelter.
Expatriate Harry Murray escaped the
Japanese occupation of New Ireland. Later in the war, he returned to Lihir as a coastwatcher to report Japanese activities, including observing enemy submarines using the island.
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February 4, 2018