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    Vila (Vila Point) Kolombangara Island | Western Province Solomon Islands
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USN c1943

Location
Lat 8° 0' 0S Long 157° 4' 60E  Vila and Vila Point are located at the southeastern corner of Kolombangara Island bodering Blackett Strait to the south, Disappointment Cove (Vila Harbor, Hamberi Cove) to the east and Kula Gulf to the southeast.

Prewar
The Vila area was part of Vila Plantation and Stanmore Plantation owned by Lever Brothers. Both plantations were planted with coconut palms and harvesting copra.

Wartime History
During 1943, occupied by the Japanese who developed an airfield and base area at this location. Abandoned by the Japanese by late October 1943. On September 25, 1943 US Army soldiers from the 25th Infantry Division with elements of the 27th Infantry made a landing on Kolombangara and established perimeter defense around Vila Airfield. On October 11, 1943 the American troops were relieved by the 1st Battalion, Fiji Infantry. During early 1944, an engineering detachment established vegetable gardens at Vila Airfield for the remainder of the Solomons campaign.

Vila Airfield
Japanese airfield neutralized from the air, later occupied by Allied forces.

F4F Wildcat Bureau Number 11983
Pilot Feliton crashed January 31, 1943

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Last Updated
February 4, 2018

 

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May 10, 1943
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