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    Visale Guadalcanal Province Solomon Islands

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Justin Taylan Sept 13, 2003

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Visale May 11, 1930

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Lat 9° 15' 0S Long 159° 40' 60E  Visale is located near Takolenduna on Cape Esperence on the northern coast of Guadalcanal in the Solomon Islands. Borders Visale Bay and Iron Bottom Sound to the north.

Wartime History
During the Guadalcanal campaign, the Japanese occupied Visale until early February 1943.

Visale Catholic Mission
Founded in 1904 by the Catholic missionaries. Occupied by the Japanese, it was used as a radio station location by the Japanese Army. Bombed by Americans and destroyed. During the Japanese occupation, SBD Dauntless piloted by Geiger dropped a 1,000 lbs bomb through the roof of the mission. Postwar, the mission was rebuilt and still in use today.

A6M2 Model 21 Zero
Ditched into Visale Bay in shallow water reef area, wreckage still present today

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