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    Wide Bay East New Britain Province Papua New Guinea (PNG)
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Justin Taylan 2012

Location
Wide Bay is located on the southern coast of New Britain, roughly 50km south of Rabaul. A coastal track follows alongside Wide Bay. Inside the northwest corner of Wide Bay is Henry Reid Harbor bordering the coast between Tol Plantation (Zungen Point), Waitavalo to Kalai Plantation. Further to the west is Lamerien, Brown Island, Kalai village and Kalai Plantation, Long, Kalip, Hoiya, Kalip, Kaulum, Milim, Kiep and Sampun at the souther end of Wide Bay.

Many rivers and creeks empty into Wide Bay including the Waitavalo River, Mevelo River, Ip River, Lemkong River, Yanam River, Yanya RIver, Melkong River, Mat River, Powell River, Bera River, Mavin River, Ovil Creek and Kabuvwang River.

Wartime History
During early February 1942, occupied by the Japanese Army. Starting in late December 1942, attacked by American aircraft until the middle of 1944.

American missions against Wide Bay
December 25, 1942 – June 25, 1944

On March 10, 1945 Australian forces landed and established a beachhead at this location. On 5 June, the 2/2nd Commando Squadron arrived at Wide Bay and established headquarters at Lamarien near Henry Reid River.

B-26 "Imogene VII" 40-1474
Pilot Massie ditched May 24, 1942 three crew rescued

P-38H Lightning 42-66821
Pilot Lutton MIA November 2, 1943

P-38H Lightning 42-66523
Pilot Bartlett crashed October 29, 1943 pilot POW, executed

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Last Updated
August 25, 2018

 

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