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
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
15 B-24s, in two waves, bomb Praed Point
P-40N Kittyhawk NZ3175 Tail Code 65
Pilot McFarlane MIA December 17, 1943
On the other side of the
road near Matupit is a small Japanese war memorial.
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May 17, 2018