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    Rapopo East New Britain Province Papua New Guinea (PNG)
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5th CCU January 5, 1943

Location
Rapopo is located on the north coast of New Britain bordering Lesson Point and Blanche Bay to the north. To the northwest is Rabaul and to the west is Kokopo.

Prewar
Rapopo Plantation (Kabakaul Plantation) planted with coconut palms harvesting copra spanned Lesson Point. To the east was Ulaveo Plantation. Two plantation houses were located at the northeast tip: Duncan's House and Randal's House and a small jetty. To the west was another plantation.

Wartime History
During late January 1942, occupied by the Japanese and developed into a base. During late 1942, Rapopo Airfield was built at this location. The runway was completed by January 1943. Between January 1943 until the end of the Pacific War, the Rapopo area was targeted by Allied aircraft.

American missions against Rapopo
January 26, 1943 - June 23, 1944

Rapopo Airfield (Rabaul South, South Airfield)
Japanese built airfield, abandoned since the war.

 

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August 25, 2018

 

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