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When the Japanee presence at Munda was detected, American aircraft began bombing the area and airfield.
American missions against Munda
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)
Zanana Beach (Laiana)
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