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    Praed Point East New Britain Province Papua New Guinea (PNG)
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1980

Location
Praed Point is located at the tip of the Gazelle Peninsula in East New Britain Province in Papua New Guinea (PNG). To the east is Saint George's Channel and to the south is Blanche Bay. This feature is only accessible from the sea. Immediately to the northwest is Turagunan (South Daughter) and beyond is Rabaul. Pronounced "Parade Point".

Australian 'L' Coastal Defense Battery (Praed Point Battery)
Previous to the Japanese invasion, Australian built defensive gun position, but never used against the Japanese, or at any point in the war. This battery was operated by 6 officers and 133 enlisted men, led by Major J. P. R. Clark, equipped with two 6" Mark VII naval guns plus two H.C.D. 90 cm Mk VI searchlights. The Japanese built gun covers (now occupied with bats) and concrete block houses.

American missions against Praed Point
February 18 - June 13, 1944

February 18, 1944
(USN) During the "Battle of Karavia Bay" at 1:20am, five US Navy destroyers bombarded a gun battery at Praed Point, firing 141 rounds.

June 13, 1944
(13th AF) 15 B-24s, in two waves, bomb Praed Point

P-40N Kittyhawk NZ3175 Tail Code 65
Pilot McFarlane MIA December 17, 1943

Japanese Memorial
On the other side of the road near Matupit is a small Japanese war memorial.

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Last Updated
August 25, 2018

 

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