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10 April 2018

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NB I have been to the crash site of the Betty Bomber that Yamamoto was killed in

The late Paul Mason of Innus Plantation was the Coast watcher responsible
for alerting the allied forces that Yamamoto's plane had passed over him and was heading for Buin.

I new Paul and his wife son and daughter well, as he owned the Chimbu Lodge as well as Buka Stores, and stayed at the Lodge quiet often.

Paul was a very charming but unassuming gentleman in whose mouth butter wouldn't melt.

The Australian War Memorial in Canberra has a oil painting of Paul Mason on display.

Craig, remember Pearl Harbour. The Japanese Admiral Yamamoto who was the commander for this attack was on 18 April 1943 on an inspection tour of his troops at Buin. His mission was intercepted by American code breakers and a squadron of Lockheed Lightnings based at Henderson Field was sent to intercept him. They shot his plane down and it crashed in the jungle near Buin and Yamamoto was killed. Years after, a propeller from his aircraft was kept in the Sub-District office at Buin. Is it still there?

I was asked by my fellow people when I came for holiday from Auckland in 2008 about life in a city or in a developed world. I told them that the only difference is one's experience of happiness. Thanks, Thorne for sharing your Bougainville experience with us.

Craig - Is Roger Porteous's store still functioning in the town of Buin.

Have not been their since 1977, when I was the Plant and Transport Authority Manager for Bougainville.

The road trip to Kieta in those days took about an hour.

".....they have nothing, yet have it all, which we could all learn from - everyone should be able to live in harmony no matter what."

I think that's what a lot of us who have worked in PNG take away when we come home Craig.

And you picked it up in only a month!

A really good story, Mr Thorne. My first read this morning and felt really good. In fact there is so much good in this country then there is bad. Maybe we should enjoy what's around us more than keep complaining about the bad.

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