This war memorial park developed
by Malaita Fred Kona, and is located at Vilu, to the west of
Honiara, on Guadalcanal. There are also a number of
memorial plaques. During the Guadalcanal
tensions of 1999-2000, the museum was neglected and overgrown. Today,
it during periods when Japanese or American tourists visit the area.
Displayed outdoors on the museum property.
Force landed March 14, 1943 recovered circa 1973
Wing and tail wreckage only
F4U Corsair Bureau
Number ? Tail V-166B
Recovered circa 1970s
Lightning Serial Number ?
Ditched off Kukum, recovered 1972
Displayed atop 55 gallon drums
Number 1350 Tail 377
Nose and wing sections recovered to museum
wing section only.
Engine and propeller only
Henderson Flag Pole
Ewan Stevenson adds:
"Two of the 150mm guns
were moved down from Tenaro near Cape
Esperence 1976-1978. Certainly before 1980. Some people were not very happy with Fred for moving
them down. Moving these artifacts from
their original location destroys forever some of their inherent
value. Those Type 96 on the ridge above Tenaro were truly magnificent
in the kunai grass. A nice view and intriguing mysterious position never mentioned in
the books. I so wish I could have visited them and photographed
and videoed them in their original location. Who knows what fortifications / archaeological
remains may have been associated with them. Such archaeological
earthworks that remain today in the vicinity may now be inexplicable.
But that was how Fred was the only person that has been successful
in putting anything together on Guadalcanal. He over rode any protests
and just used his over bearing, colourful character and status."
Japanese 150mm Type 96 (1936)
Angled slightly, shield present, wheels present