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    Espiritu Santo Island (Santo)  Vanuatu (New Hebrides)

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October 12, 1943

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RNZAF c1943

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

The town of Luganville was built by American troops during the war.

Lunganville Airfield
Located to the north of Lunganville

Luganville Seaplane Base
Located in Segond Channel with ramp facilities at Belchif point

Bomber 1 Airfield (Pallikulo Field, Fighter 1)
Located on the south-eastern corner of the island. Largest airfield on the island, disused today

Bomber 2 Airfield (Pekoa Field)
Located on the south-eastern corner of the island. Largest airfield on the island, disused today

Turtle Bay Airfield
American built airfield at the eastern edge of the island

Camp Elrod
American Camp named in honor of Captain Henry T. Elrod, the first marine earning the medal of honor in WWII at Wake. Built on a hill in the middle of a coconut grove.

Black GI's
at Espiritu Santo

US Army 54th Costal Artillery 2nd Battalion posted to Espiritu.

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

TBF Avenger Bureau Number 6240
Crashed August 22, 1943 pilot Esterl

SBD-5 Dauntless Bureau Number 35946
Crashed November 10, 1943 pilot Phillips Phillips

PV-1 Ventura
Abandoned on the island

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

PBY-5 Catalina Bureau Number 2389
MIA site located in 1994, case resolved

PBJ-1J Mitchell Bureau Number 35087
Crashed April 22, 1944

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