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    Barakoma Vella Lavella | Western Province Solomon Islands

Location
Barakoma is on the southeast corner of Vella Lavella in Western Province in the Solomon Islands. To the south is the mouth of the Barakoma River bordering Barakoma Bay. Offshore is Ozama Island.

Wartime History
On August 15, 1943 at 3:20am, U. S. Navy (USN) PT Boats landed a small group of U. S. Army and U. S. Navy personell at Barakoma to mark channels and beaches, select defensive positions and camp areas and take several Japanese prisoners detained by natives. Ashore, they found no prisoners and learned there were some Japanese armed with weapons from ships sunk during the Battle of Vella Gulf during August 6-7,1943. At 4:45am more troops were landed to defend the area. In the morning, the main landing force including the U. S. Army 25th Infantry Division and supporting units landed at Barakoma without opposition. Immediately, U. S. Navy (USN) 58th Construction Battalion Seabees began of Barakoma Airfield near the landing beach.

After the American landing, Barakoma was attacked by Japanese aircraft between August 19, 1943 until January 16, 1944. The air raids failed to cause much damage.

Japanese missions against Barakoma
August 19, 1943 - January 16, 1944

Barakoma Airfield (Fighter Strip)
Built by American SeaBees used primarily as a fighter strip during 1943

References
At Close Quarters PT Boats in the United States Navy page 134-135

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Last Updated
February 4, 2018

 

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