Crash Strip (The Grassy Strip) was located near Coffin Corner, running roughly east to west inland from the north coast of Guadalcanal in the Solomon Islands.
This runway was built by the U. S. as an emergency strip for aircraft.
Innes adds:History books never say this. They say that the Japanese commander was suffering from malaria and in a fevered state of mind mistakenly sent the 'Banzai' message. It is far more likely that a Japanese runner had come back saying that they were engaging the enemy on an airfield which in fact was The Crash Strip."
"At the time of the Battle of Coffin Corner October 25-26, 1942 there was a roller on the Crash Strip. During the attack the code word 'Banzai' was flashed to Japanese headquarters meaning 'right wing has captured the airfield'. The Japanese saw they were on an airfield (the Crash Strip) and mistakenly thought it was part of Henderson Field.
"General Twining (commander 13th AF in January 1943) says
in his book that the crash strip was secret, hardly used
and apeared on no map. The fact that it looked like
some sort of field probably caused the Japanese to think
and report that they had taken henderson in the October battle."
Stan Gajda adds:
believe this is Crash Strip that the Japanese thought was the main
field when they sent back the message 'Banzai' during the October
Battle thinking they were attacking Henderson Field. As you can
see the grass is now head high. This is because the cows that kept
the grass down between the more recently planted coconut trees
have been eaten. Coffin Corner is in the background."
Do you have photos or additional information to add?
September 9, 2017