Anchorage is located on the northern coast of New Georgia Island. To the north is Kula Gulf and further to the southwest along the north coast is Enogai Inlet, Enogai, Leland Lagoon and Dragons Peninsula. Prewar and during the Pacific War part of the British Solomon Islands. Today located in Western
Province in the Solomon Islands.
On July 5, 1943 in the early morning the U. S. "Northern
Landing Force" (NLG) including the U. S. Marine Corps (USMC) 1st Raider Battalion and U. S. Army 145
Infantry and 148th Infantry, 3d Battalion landed at Rice Anchorage in pouring rain. The defending Japanese did not
anticipate a landing at this location as dense jungle and swamps separated
Rice Anchorage from the Japanese positions to the west. During the amphibious landing, the 140mm Naval Guns at Enogai fired at the landing area but their shells were inaccurate and
On July 11, 1943 after the capture of Enogai, three PBY Catalinas from VP-24 piloted by Lt. R. F. Wadsworth, Lt (jg) R. B. Blodgett and Lt (jg) A.M.Caldwell took off from Halavo Seaplane Base at 3:05pm evacuate wounded of the First Marine Raiders in the Rice Anchorage-Enogai Inlet areas and survivors from the sinking of USS Strong DD-467. They first landed in Rice Anchorage at 4:45pm and took off again at 5:15pm then landed in Enogai Inlet at 5:25pm where more wounded were loaded. While transfer was taking place at about 6:20pm, attacked by 2 or possibly 3 F1M2 Petes that strafed and dropped bombs but missed. About 6:45pm the Petes withdrew and the PBYs airborne by 6:55pm and returned to Halavo Seaplane Base landing by 9:05pm. During this mission, a total of 71 wounded were evacuated.
Marines in the Central Solomons - Chapter 4: From Rice to Bairoko pages 96-98, 102, 104, 107-111, 116, 120
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October 23, 2019