8° 19' 0S Long 157° 15' 0E Located on the southern coast of New Georgia, north of Rendova Island.
Occupied by the Japanese on November 13, 1942 when the destroyer Hakazi landed three companies of the 6th Sasebo SNLF at Munda Point. Later reinforced by elements of the Japanese
Army's 229nd Infantry Regiment and 13th Regiment, commanded by Colonel Genjiro Hirata.
Capturing Munda was the principal objective
of Central Solomons campaign. On June 30, 1943, when American forces landed on nearby Rendova, Japanese artillery at Munda fired on the US Navy ships, but were quickly silenced. On July 2-3, 1943 US Army forces landed to the east at Zanana (Laiana) and advanced towards Munda.
Munda Airfield itself became a battlefield and was captured by the US Army XIV Corps after twelve days
of continuous and fierce fighting in the surrounding area. On August 5, 1943 the high ground above the airfield including Kokengola Hill (Kokenggolol) was taken.
Immediately, American forces repaired, improved and expanded the airfield. The US Army 24th Infantry, 3rd Battalion (Negro) was assigned to Munda to operate the ration dump and perform labor tasks.
Airfield (Munda Point Airfield)
Built by the Japanese, captured by the US Army, still in use today.
Pilot Kondo Ditched December 28, 1942 off Munda
Ditched off Munda.
Ditched off Munda. Located in 52m off Munda
R4D Dakota Serial
Number ? Tail Number J
Crashed near Munda
Zanana Beach (Laiana)
Located three miles east of Munda Airfield.
The American US Army 172nd Infantry landed here on the
July 2 - 3, 1943, as part of the "Western Landing
Force" of the New
Georgia campaign. Today, rusted metal rims from the
supply barrels still litter the beach.
Abandoned east of Munda Airfield.
Located near Munda. A pile of war materials
known locally as "The American Dump" , beyond
the eastern tip of Kiambe. Aircraft parts, bulldozers, landing craft,
Japanese guns and other war debris. Quonson Huts are located on the
shore, used for drying copra.
Sunk offshore of the dump area, in roughly 2m.
Four barges remain half submerged along Kia.
One of the small islands, just of shore Kia, near Munda.
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January 8, 2014