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    Rendova Island Western Province Solomon Islands

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US Army July 1943

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via Rocker 1998

Location
Lat 8° 31' 60S Long 157° 19' 60E  Located to the south-west of New Georgia, off Munda. Offshore is Rendova Harbor (Lagoon) and Lumbaria Island and Bou Island.

Wartime History
Rendova Island was lightly occupied by detachments of the Japanese Army 229th Infantry and Japanese Navy Kure 6th Special Naval Landing Force (SNLF). By the middle of June, the force were merely 750 defenders.

On June 30, 1943 at 7:00am, the U. S. Army 43rd Infantry Division, 172nd Infantry Regiment landed at the northern tip of Rendova as part of the "Western Landing Force" during the New Georgia campaign. Due to bad weather, two companies of the 172nd Infantry, landed in the wrong location. For the first time during the Pacific War, the amphibious landing were conducted by LST (Landing Ship Tank).

Over the next four days, additional landings brought ashore the remainder of the 172nd Infantry Regiment, plus the USMC 9th Marine Defense Battalion, USN 24th Naval Construction Battalion, 103rd Field Artillery Battalion and other units.

Japanese missions against Rendova
July 2-4, 1943

The American beachhead on Rendova supported next phase of the operation, to capture Munda Airfield and as a heavy artillery base. On July 2, 1943 155mm artillery began shelling the Munda area, and continued to provide fire support for the remainder of the New Georgia campaign.

SB-24D "Sergeant Stripes... Forever!" 42-63805
Pilot Robbins crashed April 1, 1944 located the day after the crash, remains recovered

Bonieto Point
Located at the western tip of Rendova Island.

B-25C-5 Mitchell Serial Number 42-53404
Pilot Van Dyke MIA June 22, 1943

References
WWII Diary Of A Fallen Japanese Soldier 1943 Japanese Navy medical orderly attached to the SNLF on Rendova Island during May 20 to June 30, 1943 and killed in the U.S. landing

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