8° 0' 0S Long 157° 4' 60E Located to the north of ArundeI Island and
Wana Wana Island, to the north-west of New
Georgia Island and Kula Gulf.
For the defense of the New Georgia, the 'South-East Detachment'
were based on Kolombangara, headed by Major General
Noboru Sasaki who arrived on May 31, 1943. Units based there included
the 13th Infantry Regiment, 3rd Battaltion of 229th
7th Special Naval Landing Force, commanded by Koshin
After the American landings on New Georgia, the Japanese strengthened their defenses on Kolombangara. An Allied coastwatcher, Australian Arthur Reginald "Reg" Evans maintained
an observation post atop the peak of the island, and reported information
on enemy movements.
During Operation "SE-Go" when the Japanese Navy begin the evacuation of the garrison on Kolombangara using destroyers, assault boats and barges. The last troops were evacuated by October 20, 1943.
On September 25, 1943 US
Army soldiers from the 25th Infantry Division with elements of the 27th Infantry made a landing on Kolombangara and
established perimeter defense
Airfield. On October 11, 1943 the American troops were relieved
by the 1st Battalion, Fiji Infantry. During early 1944,
an engineering detachment established vegetable gardens on the former airfield.
Located on the south coast of Kolombangara Island.
Japanese airfield neutralized from the air, later ocupied by Allied forces.
F4F-4 Wildcat Bureau
Pilot Feliton crashed January 31, 1943
Cove (Vilu Harbor, Hamberi Cove)
Known locally as Disappointment Cove,
this is where the Japanese maintained a supply depot for the Tokyo
Express when it was resupplying Guadalcanal.
Underwater at 15.7m, this pod
still has some air in it. It is torpedo shaped, with only
a hook at the front end for securing, and a rudder fin at
Intact at 50m
Japanese dug a number of tunnels into the hills around Vilu. According
to locals, one cave was a hospital area, another has a mountain gun
enplaced outside the entrance.
37mm Infantry Gun Type 11 (1922)
Emplaced outside tunnel entrance
Located at the north of the island. Several
Japanese barges were sunk here by PT-126,the next morning, this PT
Boat was damaged by friendly fire.
Piloted by Alexander crashed September 30, 1943
Located on the south eastern coast of the island.
Beached and abandoned July 6, 1943
Located on Kolombangara
Located on Kolombangara
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January 8, 2014