7° 5' 60S Long 155° 49' 0E Magusaiai Island is located in the Shortland Island Group (Shortland Islands) in Western Province in the Solomon Islands. Wartime spellings include "Morgusaia" or "Morgause". To the north is Shortland Isand, to the east is Tuha Channel , Poporang Island and Pirumeri Island.
Located to the south
of Bougainville, at the western edge of Shortland Harbor (Tuha Channel) near Shortland
Island and Poporang Island.
Maleai village is the largest village on Magusaiai Island, located on the eastern tip, bordering the Shortland Harbor (Tuha Channel) and Poporang Island. A prewar Catholic mission church was established here. Wartime Allied spelling "Malai".
American missions against Magusaiai and Maleai
November 30 - December 17, 1943
Number 5269 Tail
Crashed on the island, salvaged after 2005 and removed by Craig Turner 2007
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January 11, 2018