Rapopo is located on the north coast of the Gazelle Peninsula in New Britain including Lesson Point. Borders Blanche Bay to the north and further to the northwest is Rabaul and to the west is Kokopo. Today located in East
New Britain Province in Papua
New Guinea (PNG).
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.
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.
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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February 13, 2019