The Russell Island Group is located to the northwest of Guadalcanal. Named "Russell Islands" in honor of British Lord John Russell, Prime Minister 1846-1852. Also known as simply as the "Russells". When first discovered in the middle 1800's, they were named Cape Marsh in the incorrect belief they were an extension of Guadalcanal. During 1942, some coastwatchers still used this name.
The Russell islands were developed by the Levers Brothers and planted with coconut palms harvesting copra.
On February 21, 1943 during "Operation Cleanslate" occupied without opposition by the U. S. Marine Corps (USMC). Afterwards, developed into an American base and airfield area.
Largest island in the Russell Islands Group
Small island to the north of Pavuvu
Island developed with two airfields: Renard Field (South Field, Yandina) and North Field (Banika, Sunlight)
Small island in the Russell
Islands Group, east of Banika
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January 11, 2018