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    Munda (Munda Point) New Georgia | Western Prov¬†Solomon Islands

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USAAF 1943

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D Letourneau 1999

Location
Lat 8° 19' 0S Long 157° 15' 0E ¬†Located on the southern coast of New Georgia, north of Rendova Island.

Wartime History
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.

Munda Airfield (Munda Point Airfield)
Built by the Japanese, captured by the US Army, still in use today.

G3M2 Nell
Pilot Kondo Ditched December 28, 1942 off Munda

F6F Hellcat
Ditched off Munda.

F4U Corsair
Ditched off Munda. Located in 52m off Munda

R4D Dakota Serial Number ? Tail Number J 90
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.

US Barge
Abandoned east of Munda Airfield.

Kia
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.

AMTRAC
Sunk offshore of the dump area, in roughly 2m.

Pontoon Barges
Four barges remain half submerged along Kia.

Kaimbe Island
One of the small islands, just of shore Kia, near Munda.

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January 8, 2014

 

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