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    Maleai (Malai) Magusaiai Island | Western Province Solomon Islands

USN Oct 11, 1943

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Justin Taylan 2005

Maleai village is the largest village on the eastern tip of Magusaiai Island. To the east borders Tuha Channel and Poporang Island and Shortland Island. Wartime Allied spelling "Malai" or "Maliai".

A prewar Catholic mission church was built at this location.

Wartime History
On March 30, 1942 occupied by the Japanese when they arrived in the Shortland Islands. Occupied by the Japanese until the official surrender of Japan in September 1945.

American missions against Magusaiai and Maleai
November 30 - December 17, 1943

F1M2 Pete Manufacture Number 5269 Tail P-2
Crashed on the island, salvaged after 2005 and removed by Craig Turner 2007


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March 26, 2021



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