7° 45' 0S Long 156° 40' 0E Mbava Island is located to the west of Vella Lavella. To the northeast is Turovilu Island. To the south is Wilson Srait and Ranongga Island. Wartime spelling "Baga Island".
It is unknown if the Japanese occupied or maintained a garrion on Baga Island. During the New Zealand Army occupation of Vella Lavella, 37 Battalion was transported from Maravari on the east coast of Vella Lavella around the southern tip of the island, via Wilson Strait and between Baga Island before landing at Mundi Mundi on the northwest coast of Vella Lavella.
Lockheed Hudson Mark III Serial Number NZ2021
Allison ditched July 24, 1943
B-24D Liberator 42-40217
Pilot McDonald MIA August 30, 1943 three or four observed to bail out, one alive at sea
B-25D Mitchell 41-30661
Pilot Meister crashed December 17, 1943 three rescued, two MIA
Pacific Kiwis: Being The Story of the Service in the Pacific of the 30th Battalion, Third Division, Second New Zealand Expeditionary Force pages 84 (map)
Do you have photos or additional information to add?
August 25, 2018