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    Talili Bay East New Britain Province Papua New Guinea (PNG)
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USAAF April 29, 1941

Talili Bay is located on the north coast of the Gazelle Peninsula of New Britain in East New Britain Province in Papua New Guinea. To the east is Rabaul and offshore to the northwest is Watom Island.

Wartime History
During the Pacific War, Talili Bay was occupied by the Japanese between January 1942 until their surrender in September 1945.

American missions against Talili Bay
March 26 - April 15, 1944

"Talili Bay Massacre"
After the heavy Allied bombing of Rabaul, on March 5, 1944 a group of approximately forty Allied prisoners were taken from Tunnel Hill to Tallil Bay and executed. This incident was known as the Talili Bay Massacre, where Allied prisoners were deliberately executed in retribution for the heavy Allied bombing of Rabaul.

Erroneously, The Japanese claimed that approximately forty Allied prisoners were killed during an air raid while at Talili Bay after being evacuated from Tunnel Hill. This was a lie to cover up their murder. Postwar, some of their remains were located and exhumed.

Post War Munitions Dump Area
Many munitions were dumped off the shore of the Kula lodge, including shells, armaments and other war refuse from the nearby tunnel system in the hills and ravines behind the Kula Lodge.

Barge Wreckage
There is the wreckage of several barges sunken in shallow water near the Kula Lodge.

F1M2 Pete
Sunk off Tavui

A6M2 Model 21 Zero
Sunk as a dive site in the 1980s

F4U Corsair Serial Number NZ5274
Pilot Thomson MIA June 20, 1944

TBF Avenger Serial Number NZ2521
Pilot Trolove crashed May 31, 1944

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Last Updated
August 25, 2018


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