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    Battle of Kolombangara (Second Battle of Kula Gulf) Western Province Solomon Islands
The Battle of Kolombangara occured in Kula Gulf northeast of Kolombangara Island in the Solomon Islands. Also known as Second Battle of Kula Gulf.

Wartime History
During the night of July 12, 1943 to July 13, 1943 when an Imperial Japanese Navy (IJN) force with reinforcements bound for Vila on Kolombangara was intercepted by an Allied task force including U. S. Navy (USN) and Royal New Zealand Navy warships including light cruisers and destroyers. During the battle, the Japanese were able to land 1,200 troops on western Kolombangara Island and sank destroyer USS Gwin (DD-433) and damaged three cruisers: USS St. Louis, USS Honolulu and HMNZS Leander. The Allied warships sank light cruiser Jintsu.

USS Gwin (DD-433)
Sunk July 13, 1943 after being hit by a torpedo and scuttled

Sunk July 13, 1943 by a torpedo during the Battle of Kolombangara into Kula Gulf, shipwreck discovered 2019

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Last Updated
November 28, 2020


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