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AWM February 13, 1944
This vessel was used extensively along the northern and southern coasts of New Guinea, and on several occasions to transport aviators back to Port Moresby.
Rescue of Eaton's B-17 crew to Port Moresby
Traveling along the north coast of New Guinea, the ship traveled via Samarai Island and the passengers slept in the abandoned civilian buildings. Departing along the southern coast of New Guinea, the ship became stuck on a reef near Samarai, and was freed around 6pm then proceeded overnight to Abau Island.
On March 27, departed Abau Island at 10:15am and proceeded along the coast via Isoma. On March 28 arrived at Kapa Kapa at 5pm, with passengers Major Fife and Lt. Mallory departing for Rigo, and remained there for a day. Before departing Rigo on March 30, the vessel took aboard a Japanese 20mm cannon and ammunition recovered from the crash site of G4M1 Betty piloted by Itsuda shot down by RAAF P-40s that same day. Finally, on March 30, Matoma departed on the last leg of the journey arriving at sunset at Fairfax Harbor off Port Moresby.
Rescue of Hayes' B-26 crew
Rescue of two B-25 crews and Japanese prisoner
Rescue of Ford's B-26 crew, Hall's B-25 crew and P-39 pilot
During February 1944, this ship was at Port Kembla, NSW. Then assigned to the Royal Australian Navy (RAN) and classified as a Naval Auxiliary Patrol Vessel Matoma with hull number 588. Armed with a .303 Vickers machine guns above the forecastle and depth charges on the aft.
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