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During late August - September 1943, "Tokyo Express" runs from Choiseul rescued more than 3,800 Japanese troops from Kolombangara to Choiseul. US Navy PT-Boats operated with success around the island as did larger ships, including USS Nicholas (DD 449) which patrolled between August 18 - 26, 1943.
During October 28 - November 2, 1943 US Marines from the 1st Parachute Regiment landed at Voza to harass the Japanese and as a diversion for the landing at Empress Augusta Bay on Bougainville. The Marines were evacuated by PT Boats.
Afterwards, Choiseul was bypassed leaving the remaining Japanese forces isolated.
During January 21 - February 19, 1944 Technical Air Intelligence did a probe of Japanese aircraft wrecks on Choiseul. They were inserted at Ruravu Mission in the south of the island, and covered hundreds of miles by foot and in canoes with the help of locals and coastwatchers. They reported many wrecks including a Sonia, Oscar, Zero and Judy that was later recovered.
American missions against Choiseul
PBY-5A Catalina Bureau Number 48259
B-24D Liberator Serial Number 42-40864
On November 2, 1943, US Marines from "Bigger's Force" of the 2nd Parachute Battalion, 1st Marine Parachute Regiment (Paramarines) were withdrawn this location. One LCVP landing craft hit a reef after leaving he beach and began to take on water. Then its engine died and it drifted toward enemy-held territory. PT-59 and PT-236 came on the scene and took aboard the men on that boat. Three aircraft appeared at the same time and covered the operation by strafing the shore.
Moli (Moli Point)
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