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    Poporang Island Western Province Solomon Islands
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USN October 11, 1943

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Justin Taylan 2003

Lat 7° 4' 60S Long 155° 52' 0E  Poporang Island borders Shortland Harbor to the northeast and Tuha Channel, Shortland Island and Faisi Island to the north. Alu Island is located to the southeast. Orlofe Island and Onua Island are located to the northeast.

Wartime History
On March 30, 1942 at 2:00am, Japanese forces occupied the area. At Nila, Catholic priest George Lepping was taken away by the Japanese. During the Japanese occupation, Nila and Poporang were developed into a base to support Shortland Harbor anchorage and Shortland Harbor Seaplane Base. The area was defended with bunkers, fortifications, shore guns, anti-aircraft guns, searchlights and radar. Occupied by the Japanese until the end of the Pacific War.

American missions against Poporang
March 28, 1943 - October 1, 1944

Largest settlement on Poporang, in 1899 the Catholic church established a mission at this location.

Allied Aircraft Wreck
Unknown aircraft wreck, possibly Allied crashed off southern shore of Poporang

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Last Updated
June 15, 2019


April 11, 1943


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