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Gasmata is a village on the southern coast of New Britain, Papua New Guinea located at 6° 16' 60S 150° 19' 60E. There is a Gasmata Airport in Surumi Peninsula area adjacent.

The Imperial Japanese occupied the village between 8–9 February 1942 during World War II. A war crime occurred in March 1942 when between eight and ten Australian prisoners of war were executed by firing squad by being shot in the back.[1]

Gasmata was re-occupied by an Australian Army unit on 28 March 1944.


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Coordinates: 6°17′S 150°20′E / 6.283°S 150.333°E / -6.283; 150.333