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    Bunani Point (Bunina) Guadalcanal | Guadalcanal Province Solomon Islands


U.S. Army 1942
Location
Bunani Point includes Ruaniu village and the mouth of Ruinin Creek located on the north coast of Guadalcanal. Also spelled "Bunina". To the west is Domo Cove and to the southeast is the mouth of the Umasani River and beyond Tassafaronga Point and Bonegi (Mbonege). Borders Iron Bottom Sound to the north. Prewar and during the Pacific War part of the British Solomon Islands Protectorate (BSIP). Today located in Guadalcanal Province in the Solomon Islands.

Prewar
Ruaniu Plantation was a copra plantation planted on Bunani Point with coconut palms harvesting copra.

Wartime History
During May 1942 Japanese forces occupied Guadalcanal. During the Battle of Guadalcanal, the Japanese used this area as a Imperial Japanese Army (IJA) supply area to land reinforcements. On October 14, 1942 at midnight, Japanese ships from the high speed convoy (first assault convoy) "Tokyo Express" run began unloading in the vicinity until dawn when spotted by U.S. planes and targeted by bombing and strafing missions that resulted in three transports including Sasako Maru, Azumasan Maru and Kyūsyū Maru were hit, set on fire then deliberately beached and sunk.

On February 7, 1943 the U.S. Army 25th Division, 161st Infantry reached Bunani Point (Bunina) without resistance as the Japanese had withdrawn further to the west. Afterwards, the Bunani Point was used as a training area for amphibious landings by ships and landing craft. In May 1944 by USS Centaurus (AKA-17) conducted a training landing at Bunani Point.

References
U.S. Army in World War II - Guadalcanal: The First Offensive Chapter XV: Final Operations on Guadalcanal page 346
The Coast Guard at War Transports & Escorts Vol. II--Transports page 61 (USS Centaurus AKA-17)

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October 14, 2021

 

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