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    Tulagi Harbor (Tulagi Roads) Central Province Solomon Islands
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Marin Clemens c1939

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USN August 7, 1942

Location
Tulagi Harbor is located between Tulagi Island to the south, Macambo Island to the southeast and Florida Island (Nggela Sule, Big Gela) to the north. Also known as "Tulagi Roads" or "Tulagi Anchorage".

Prewar
Prior to the war, the Royal Navy surveyed Tulagi Harbor as an anchorage for the Royal Navy Asian Fleet and recommended occupying this location, but the recommendation was never acted upon.

Wartime History
On August 7, 1942 Tulagi Harbor was occupied by U. S. forces and was developed into one of the main anchorages for US Navy (USN) warships and vessels during Guadalcanal campaign and as a staging base for further operations in the Solomon Islands.

During the American occupation, Tulagi PT Boat Base was established with two locations: Sesapi on Tulagi Island and Macambo Island. Shore facilities were built on Florida Island (Nggela Sule, Big Gela). Used by the Allies until the end of the Pacific War.

On April 7, 1943 during "Operation I-GO " Japanese aircraft attacked the Tulagi anchorage and sank HMNZS Moa (T233), USS Kanawha (AO-1) and USS Aaron Ward (DD-483).

PBY-5 Catalina Bureau Number 08246
Crashed in the Tulagi area, crew KIA

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Last Updated
February 4, 2018

 

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