8° 34' 0S Long 157° 52' 60E Island located off the southern
tip of New Georgia, along Wickham Anchorage.
Coastwatcher Donald Kennedy operated
in the Seki area with great sucess. Only a token Japanese force occupied
the area. In June/July the Japanese attempted to push him out of the
area, prompting the Allies to make the liberation of Segi a priority
for the New Gerogia campaign. On June 21, 1943 at 0530, two destroyer/transports
landed, as past of the "Eastern
Landing Force" of
the New Georgia campagin. The
Marine 1st Raider Battation. The following day, two more transports
landed the US Army 103rd Infantry.
Japanese Air Raids Against Segi
July 7 - 9, 1943 (Partial List?)
Segi Airfield (Seghe Point Airfield)
American built airfield on the south-eastern tip of New Georgia
Ditched off Segi into the harbor
Located in the south of New Georgia, west of Segi Point.
The Japanese Army 1st Battalion of the 229th Infantry defended the
area. American 103rd Infantry passed in front of the Harbor on June
30, before heading to Segi point for the landing there.
Donald Kennedy's Coastwatcher Base
Located 18km south of the Japanese occupied Viru Harbor. Kennedy had a small ship
they used to attack Japanese barges, assisted downed Allied airmen, and
reported on Japanese ship and aircraft movements.
On December 3, 1942 he was joined by nurse Methodist Nurse Merle Farland. She was evacuated on December 20 aboard a US Navy PBY Catalina from VP-91 piloted by Paschal landed at Segi, withdrawing Farland, 13 S.I.P. and fourteen Japanese prisoners, returning them to "Ringbolt" Florida Islands near Tulagi.
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May 22, 2017