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Letourneau 1998

Location
Lat 8° 30' 0S Long 157° 19' 60E  New Georgia Island is the largest island in the New Georgia Island Group (New Georgia Islands) in Western Province in the Solomon Islands. To the northwest is Kolombangara. To the west is Ghizo. To the south is Roviana Lagoon and Rendova Island.

Wartime History
During April 1942, occupied by the Japanese and the Munda area was develop it into a forward base and airfield to defend the central Solomon Islands. This area was the next battlefield after Guadalcanal was secured to the south. Imperial Headquarters Navy Staff Directive No. 267 instructed: "Hold the central Solomons as long as possible".

The operation was the first offensive probe into the central Solomons by U. S. forces. On July 9, 1943 U. S. Army troops invaded the island. Initially, a very small number of Japanese succeeded in holding up over 4,000 Americans before the island was secured with the remaining Japanese under General Sasaki withdrawing from Arundel to Ghizo on the night of September 20-21, 1943. Afterwards, developed into a major base area to support operations in the northern Solomons.

New Georgia Island Group (New Georgia Islands)
New Georgia Island Group (New Georgia Islands)  includes New Georgia and surrounding islands
New Georgia Island  largest island in the New Georgia Island Group
Munda (Munda Point)  located at the southern coast of New Georgia
Munda Airfield (Munda Point Airfield)  built by the Japanese repaired and used by Americans still in use today
Kokengola Hill (Kokenggolol)  feature overlooking Munda and Munda Airfield
Visu Visu  located near Munda on the southern coast of New Georgia
Mbanika Island  located off Munda
Mbanga Island (Baanga)  located near Munda Point
Kaimbe Island  small island near Munda
Ondonga Airfield  Allied airfield on the Ondongo peninsula disused since the war
Rice Anchorage  located on the north coast of New Georgia Northern Landing Force July 4-5, 1943
Enogai  located on the north coast of New Georgia attacked by 1st Marine Raiders on July 10, 1943
Bauroko (Bairoko)  located on the north coast of New Georgia includes the Dragons Peninsula
Bauroko Harbor (Bairoko Harbor)  borders Bauroko on the north coast of New Georgia
Dragons Peninsula (Dragon Point)  located to the east of Bauroko and Bauroko Harbor
Segi (Seghe)  located off the southern tip of New Georgia
Segi (Segi Point Airfield)  built by the Americans on Segi Island (Seghe)
Vangunu Island  located to the southeast of New Georgia
Gatukai Island  located to the southeast of New Georgia and Marovo Lagoon
Roviana Lagoon  borders the southern coast of New Georgia and Rendova Island
Wickham Anchorage  located to the south of New Georgia
Marovo Lagoon  located to the south of New Georgia

 

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October 31, 2017

 

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