August 11, 1943
Justin Taylan 2006
Kokengola Hill is a feature located to the north of Munda (Munda Point) and Munda Airfield on New Georgia Island. Known to the Japanese as Bakudan (Bomb Hill)
due to the heavy air raids against it.
During the middle of November 1942 occupied by the Japanese who built defenses on the hilltop. During early August 1943, this hill became a battlefield during the Battle of Munda between the defending Japanese against the advancing U. S. Army. On August 5, 1943 the Kokengola Hill was captured by the Americans. Due to the extensive bombing and battle, most vegetation was destroyed in the area leaving the hill virtually bare.
After the battle,
a control tower was constructed atop the hill completed by August 11, 1943 to control aircraft taking off and landing at Munda Airfield. As the airfield was further developed, other facilities were established on the hilltop.
Disused since the war, the hilltop is overgrown with bush and jungle.
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September 1, 2017