Photographer's Note

Now this one will puzzle you.
It is from Papua New Guinea taken in 1972 when I was in PNG with the Australian Army.
You need to know some little known facts from the second world war. Japan had captured Rabaul and set up base there ready to invade Australia. They built a network of tunnels (which I got to explore) for shelter from allied bombers (USA, Australia and New Zealand). Rabaul was actually one of the most bombed cities or towns in the war.
They also built large tunnels from the water into the base of mountains to shelter vessels. And that is what this is - a WWII Japanese landing craft, one of three in the tunnel. The one farthest in was (in 1972) still in good condition.
Another bit of useless trivia for you is that the entrance to this tunnel was then nearly 30 metres above water level. The reason? It was built into the base of a volcano that has since risen further out of the sea due to eruptions.
Scanned from a slide.

OK in the large version.

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