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
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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January 11, 2018