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US reconnaissance photo of the Japanese seaplane base at Kavieng Harbor, New Ireland, 15 Feb 1944; note Mitsubishi F1M2 Float Planes, US code named 'Pete'

Caption     US reconnaissance photo of the Japanese seaplane base at Kavieng Harbor, New Ireland, 15 Feb 1944; note Mitsubishi F1M2 Float Planes, US code named 'Pete' ww2dbase
Photographer    Unknown
Source    ww2dbaseUnited States Navy
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Photos on Same Day 15 Feb 1944
Photos at Same Place Kavieng, New Ireland, Australian New Guinea
Added By David Stubblebine

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Visitor Submitted Comments

1. tony says:
10 Sep 2012 06:44:14 AM

I build WWII Pacific War scenes (1/72-1/76-1/87 scales)taken from actual pictures of that period. Wish we had more existing Japanese Seaplane Bases pictures!
2. Billy Brady says:
1 Aug 2020 02:42:48 PM

Any idea of rhe location? Is rhis Aitape? Thanks
3. Anonymous says:
22 Jan 2022 09:33:51 PM

Photo taken in KAVIENG, NEW IRELAND,
4. Commenter identity confirmed David Stubblebine says:
23 Jan 2022 01:09:02 PM

Anonymous (above):
Thank you for prompting me to re-examine the background of this photo. The location you offer is confirmed (at least, it matches other sources) and those sources also include the photo’s date. The caption has been adjusted accordingly and thank you again for bringing this up.

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WW2-Era Place Name Kavieng, New Ireland, Australian New Guinea
Lat/Long -2.5852, 150.7804
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