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

Location
Located to the east of Rabaul and Lakunai, south of the 'South Daughter' volcano. It is accessible only from the sea. Pronounced "Parade Point".

Australian 'L' Coastal Defense 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
January 11, 2018

 

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