Captain Hustad, flying B17E, "Monkey Bizz-Nes"
Target: Rabatana Crater (Rabalanakaia Crater) on East New Britain.
"We also had a plan to drop a couple of 2,000-pound bombs with a 45-second delay into the active volcano that was located on a higher level and quite near the town of Rabaul. We had anticipated that we might cause this volcano to become very active again. It had been flowing lava until 1937. Since then, the volcano had only belched smoke. An occasional fire was seen emanating from the crater called Rabatana. Everyone hoped that the bombs could cause the lava to flow again. That, of course, would necessitate the evacuation of the town as well as the runway and aircraft. The plan was excellent."
"Carl Hustad was the pilot with two 2,000-pound bombs, and he dropped those directly into the Rabatana Crater. They waited around the target for over ten minutes, but there was no explosion. The plans to get the lava flowing failed."