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    Savo Island Central Province Solomon Islands

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David Paulley 1982

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Peter Flahavin 2004

Location
Lat 9° 7' 60S Long 159° 49' 0E  Active volcano and circular island off the northern coast of Guadalcanal. Located in Iron Bottom Sound, Savo is visible from nearly every point on the north cost of Guadalcanal, the island has the appearance of the profile of a person lying down.

Wartime History
Although no fighting occurred on Savo Island, the surrounding area was the focal point of the Naval battles of the Guadalcanal campaign, often between the opposing American and Japanese warships. Afterwards, oil and debris lined Savo's shore for months. Later in the war, American forces established several anti-aircraft emplacements in bunkers on the island.

Battle of Savo Island
During the night of August 8-9, 1942 Allied cruisers and destroyers were patrolling between Guadalcanal and Savo. A Japanese cruiser force attacked, resulted in the loss of four Allied cruisers.

HMAS Canberra (D33)
Scuttled after Battle of Savo Island on August 9, 1942

USS Quincy (CA-39)
Sunk during the Battle of Savo Island August 9, 1942

USS Astoria (CA-34)
Sunk during the Battle of Savo Island August 9, 1942

USS Vincennes (CA-44)
Sunk during the Battle of Savo Island August 9, 1942

SOC-1 Seagull Bureau Number 9911
Pilot Brackett crashed January 14, 1943

Makigumo
Damaged by mine February 1, 1942, scuttled south-southwest of Savo Island

Takanami
Sunk during Battle of Tassafaronga on December 1, 1942

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August 27, 2014

 

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