Built in Japan. This steam roller was transported to Guadalcanal arriving during early July 1942 likely landed at Renandi. Assigned to the Hama Construction Unit or another construction unit and used during the construction of Lunga Point Airfield.
On August 7, 1942 around 4:-00pm, captured by U. S. Marines. Intact, this steam roller was put to use by the Americans to repair the airfield that was later renamed Henderson Field. Cine footage shows this steam roller being operated by Americans with the Japanese markings still visible. Sometime afterwards, abandoned to the north of the airfield.
This steam roller was abandoned to the north of Henderson Field. During the 2010s, recovered by Kurt Markwarth and Anders Markwarth and moved to their industrial yard at Renandi. This steam roller is not on public display.
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August 19, 2018