1942 Japanese armed forces occupied New Britain in PNG after the
defeated Australian forces defending Rabaul. Subsequently the Japanese
were defeated and Japan surrendered unconditionally on the 15th
Of the Royal Australian
Air Force Squadrons that fought the Japanese, Number 30 Squadron (Beaufighters),
22 Squadron (Bostons) and 79 Squadron (Spitfires) lost 15 aircraft, 28
airmen and 1 soldier in the jungles of New Britain or in the seas
surrounding the island during 1943/44.
The Squadrons operations from
the bases at Port Moresby, Milne Bay, Goodenough Island, Kiriwina
Island and Dobodura attacking targets as far as Rabaul in New Britain
and Borpop in New Ireland.
29 who lost their lives are commemorated here.
Memorial at Kimbe New Britain carries 4 plaques. One is the above
text, one a sculpture of the region and the silhouette of 3 planes, a
Roll of Honour and a poem by George Robertson.