1995 / February 1996 Peter
Flahavin / Rod Bellars
Japanese 75mm Field Guns
75mm Guns and Tractor
Lela beach is a few miles west of Honiara . We went there to
view the remains of an American floating crane on the shore
and two Japanese Type 38 (1905) 75 mm guns on the beach. (Thanks
to Richard Vangampler for the exact identification) One
of the villagers said they found them in a scrap dump and set
them up there . It looked like both have had charges put down
the barrels to wreck them.
Across the road behind the village there is a Japanese
memorial and behind that the remains of a Japanese tracked gun tractor
that towed one of the 150mm guns used to shell Henderson
Field. I an told a lot of other relics used to be here 25 years
One of the Japanese gunners had returned in 1995 and
showed the villagers where the tractor had been buried during the retreat
. The particular gun that he served on and that this tractor towed is
now on display in Honiara in a park next to the National Museum.
Apart from the 150mm gun near the museum there was
another one down the road a bit at the Guadalcanal Tennis Club . This
gun was originally situated West of Honiara in a palm grove near the
wreck of Transport Kyusyu Maru.
very best Japanese artillery piece we saw on the island was a very nice
95% complete 37mm AT gun (recovered from the Mount
Austen battle area) . This was outside the Solomon Islands Tourist
office next to the Kitano Mendana Hotel (this has since been moved across
the road to the National Museum grounds).
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