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Justin Taylan 2003

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Lat 6° 55' 0S Long 155° 52' 60E  Shortland Island is the largest island in the Shortland Island Group (Shortland Islands) in Western Province in the Solomon Islands. To the southeast is Kulitana Bay and Faisi Island. To the south is Poporang Island and Tuha Chanel. To the southwest is Magusaiai Island. To the southeast is Shortland Harbor.

The entire Shortland Island Group is known as "Alu" in the local language. The Japanese called the island "Shi-you-to-ran-do Shima". Sometimes called "The Shortlands" or "Shortlands" in reference to the entire Shortland Island Group. Japanese code name "RXE".

Wartime History
On March 30, 1942 around 2:00am, Japanese vessels entered Shortland Harbor and landed two Special Naval Landing Force (SNLF) platoons in the early morning and met no resistance. One platoon remained in the area to begin establishing Shortland Harbor Seaplane Base.

During 1942 the Japanese established a base and fortifications on the eastern portion of Shortland Island until the end of the war. This supported the Shortland Harbor anchorage and Shortland Harbor Seaplane Base.

American missions against Shortland Island
(USN, 5th AF, 13th AF) October 16, 1942 - December 1943 - May 15, 1944

Kulitana Bay
Located at the southeastern corner of Shortland Island

Korovou (Korouvo)
Korovou is located on the southeastern side of Shortland Island

Lofang (Lofung)
Small village on the eastern coast of Shortland Island. Postwar, in the 1970s Alidice Lumber a timber logging operation was based here. Today, the Solomon Islands Police HQ for the area is based here.

Located on the eastern side of Shortland Island.

Located on the southern coast of Shortland Island

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Last Updated
October 23, 2019


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