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    Korovou (Korouvo) Shortland Island | Western Province Solomon Islands
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USN October 11, 1943

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Justin Taylan 2003

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Justin Taylan 2003

Location
Lat 7° 4' 46S Long 155° 51' 51E  Korovou is located on the southeast corner of Shortland Island.
To the south is Tuha Channel, Shortland Harbor and Poporang Island. To the north is Kulitana Bay and Lofang. To the northeast is Faisi Island. Also known as "Korouvo".

Prewar
Bumbugiai Plantation (Bambagiai, Bambuggiai) was established in the Korovou area and was planted with coconut palms for copra.
At Korovou, a wharf was constructed that served as the main wharf for the area and facilitated the loading of copra onto ships for export. Nearby were buildings and huts for copra storage and administration. These were the only structures on Shortland Island until the Pacific War.

Wartime History
On March 30, 1942 around 2:00am, Japanese vessels entered Shorthand 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 Shorthand Harbor Seaplane Base. Occupied by the Japanese for the duration of the Pacific War. This area was defended by anti-aircraft guns and fortifications.

Today
Postwar, Korovou became the subprovincial headquarters of Western Province.
Today, traces of wartime bunkers and fortifications and Japanese beer bottles remain in the area.

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January 11, 2018

 

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