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Location
Lat 9° 0' 0S Long 161° 0' 0E  Malaita Island located is located to the the northeast of Guadalcanal. Off the eastern side of the island, inside Langa Langa Lagoon is Laulasi Island.

Prewar
During 1908, American explorer Jack London visited Malaita, but fled the isalnd in disgust due to fierce storms and head hunters.

Wartime History
There was little wartime activity on Mailaita Island, but both the Japanese and later Americans established small outpost stations on the island.
During the Guadalcanal campaign, several Japanese and Allied aircraft crashed onto and ofshore the island during the war.

Following the Guadalcanal Campaign, the American military hired many Malaitan people to work on Guadalcanal helping to build airfields and infrastructure, because they were hard working people. Rivalry between the indigenous people of Guadalcanal and Malaitan people began during the war and continues to the present day.

Malu'u
Located on the north coast of Malaita Island near Cape Astolabe.

Afufu
Located on the northern tip of Malaita Island.

PV-1 Ventura Serial Number NZ4578
Pilot Graham crashed May 28, 1945

PBY-5 Catalina Bureau Number 08388
Pilot Mooney crashed November 19, 1943

Maramasike Passage
Located at the southeastern corner of the island. On August 6, 1942 torpedo bombers from USS Saratoga CV-3 overflew Maramasike and Takataka Bay and found them unoccupied. Seaplane tender USS Mackinac navigated this passage without charts and proceeded to Takataka Bay.

Takataka Bay
Located at the southeastern corner of Malaita Island. On August 6, 1942 torpedo bombers from USS Saratoga overflew Maramasike and Takataka Bay and found them unoccupied. Seaplane tender USS Mackinac arrived and began operating a nine plane detachment from VP-23 with PBY Catalinas on August 8, 1942. After the Battle of Savo Island, USS Mackinac departed on August 12, 1942 for Espiritu Santo.

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Last Updated
February 4, 2018

 

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