October 19, 1943
Justin Taylan 2006
Located south of Renard Sound on Banika Island. Located to the north-west is Sunlight Filed (North Field).
After the American landing on February 21, 1943, US Navy Seabees began constructing a single runway. Initially, the single crushed coral surfaced runway was 3,100' long and completed in early June. Later, the strip was expanded to 5,300' x 200' with extensive revetment areas to each side.
Completed in June, it was used for fighter aircraft only. On June 5, 1943 COMAIRSOL conducted its first daylight raid on Buin/Kahili since February 1943. Returning from the mission, several Allied fighters landed on the new strip. By July 1945, the strip was expanded to 6,300', and was scheduled for closure.
American Units based at Renard Field
347th FG, 67th FS (P-39,P-38) Woodlark Jan 23 - Aug 15, 44 Middleburg
Still in use today by weekly flights for Solomon Airlines.
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