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    Espiritu Santo (Santo)  Vanuatu (New Hebrides)

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USAAF October 12, 1943

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RNZAF c1943

Espiritu Santo is the main Island in the New Hebridies (Vanuatu). Also known as "Santo" or "Santos". To the south is Segond Channel and Aore Isaland.

Lunganville (Santo)
Located at the southeastern corner of Espiritu Santo. Major American logistical base, port and dry dock area during the Pacific War. Today the second largest town in Vanuatu.

Turtle Bay Airfield
American built airfield at the eastern edge of Espiritu Santo

Camp Elrod
American Camp named in honor of Captain Henry T. Elrod, the first U. S. Marine who earned the medal of honor in World War II defending Wake Isand. Built on a hill in the middle of a coconut grove.

Black GI's
at Espiritu Santo

African American units based on Espiritu Santo Island
U. S. Army, 54th Costal Artillery, 2nd Battalion

PV-1 Ventura
Abandoned on the island

PBY-5 Catalina Bureau Number 2389
Pilot Smith crashed August 6, 1942 wreckage found 1994 remains recovered

TBF Avenger Bureau Number 6240
Pilot Esterl crashed August 22, 1943

SBD-5 Dauntless Bureau Number 35946
Pilot Phillips crashed November 10, 1943

SBD-4 Dauntless Serial Number NZ5037
Pilot Moore crashed February 11, 1944 recovered and displayed at RNZAF Museum

SNJ-4 Texan Bureau Number 7008
Pilot Crocker crashed March 25, 1944

PBJ-1D Mitchell Bureau Number 35087
Pilot Lallathin crashed April 22, 1944

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Last Updated
February 28, 2017


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