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    Rendova Island Western Province Solomon Islands
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US Army July 1943

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Solomon Airlines 1998

Lat 8° 31' 60S Long 157° 19' 60E  Located to the southwest of New Georgia, off Munda. Offshore is Rendova Harbor (Rendova Lagoon), Lumbaria Island and Bou Island.

Wartime History
During April 1942, occupied by the Japanese. By 1943, the force included Japanese Army 229th Infantry detachments plus Japanese Navy Kure 6th Special Naval Landing Force (SNLF). By the middle of June 1943, the force was merely 750 defenders. During the Japanese occupation, Allied coastwatcher Lt. Rhodes operated behind enemy lines.

On June 30, 1943 at 7:00am, the U. S. Army 43rd Infantry Division, 172nd Infantry Regiment landed at the northern tip of Rendova as part of the "Western Landing Force" during the New Georgia campaign. Due to bad weather, two companies of the 172nd Infantry, landed in the wrong location. For the first time during the Pacific War, the amphibious landings were conducted by Landing Ship Tank (LST).

Over the next four days, additional landings brought ashore the remainder of the 172nd Infantry Regiment, plus the U. S. Marine Corps (USMC) 9th Marine Defense Battalion, USN 24th Naval Construction Battalion, 103rd Field Artillery Battalion and other supporting units.

Japanese missions against Rendova
June 39 - July 4, 1943

Once secured, the American beachhead on Rendova was used as a heavy artillery base and supported the next phase of the New Georgia campaign to capture Munda Airfield. On July 2, 1943 155mm howitzers on Rendova began shelling the Munda area, and continued to provide fire support for the remainder of the New Georgia campaign.

SB-24D "Sergeant Stripes... Forever!" 42-63805
Pilot Robbins crashed April 1, 1944 located the day after the crash, remains recovered

G4M1 Model 11 Betty Tail 2-343
Crashed onto Rendova Island

Bonieto Point
Located at the western tip of Rendova Island.

B-25C-5 Mitchell Serial Number 42-53404
Pilot Van Dyke MIA June 22, 1943

WWII Diary Of A Fallen Japanese Soldier 1943 Japanese Navy medical orderly attached to the SNLF on Rendova Island during May 20 to June 30, 1943 and killed in the U.S. landing

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Last Updated
June 15, 2019


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