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    Purvis Bay (Tokio Bay) Central Province Solomon Islands
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USN c1944

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John Innes 2002

Location
Purvis Bay is located on the southern central coast of Florida Island (Nggela Sule). To the west is Tulagi Island. During the American occupation, known as "Tokio Bay" [sic].

Wartime History
Purvis Bay was presumably used by the Japanese Navy as a anchorage area during April until the American landing until early August 7, 1942.

On August 7, 1942 occupied by the U. S. Navy and afterwards used as an anchorage. Americans referred to Purvis Bay as "Tokio Bay" [sic], possibly due to the presence of Imperial Japanese Navy (IJN) destroyer Kikuzuki (Kikuzuki No. 23) salvaged to this location during 1943 and abandoned. During July 1943, the bow section of LST 343 was towed to this location and abandoned.

Kikuzuki (Kikuzuki No. 23)
Sunk May 4, 1942. Salvaged by USN and towed to this location in middle 1943.

LST 343
Damaged July 18, 1943 the bow section was towed to this location afterwards.

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February 4, 2018

 

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