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    Rendova Island Western Province Solomon Islands
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U.S. Army July 1943

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Solomon Airlines 1998
Location
Lat 8° 31' 60S Long 157° 19' 60E  Rendova Island is located to the south of New Georgia. Offshore is Rendova Harbor (Rendova Lagoon), Lumbaria Island and Bou Island. Borders the Solomon Sea to the west and Blanche Channel to the north and east. Prewar and during the Pacific War part of the British Solomon Islands Protectorate (BSIP). Today located in Western Province in the Solomon Islands.

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 in the early morning, the U.S. "Western Invasion Force" entered Rendova Harbor and began landing U.S. personnel and cargo on northern Rendova Island. For the first time during the Pacific War, the amphibious landings was conducted by Landing Ship Tank (LST). The U.S. Army 43rd Infantry Division, 172nd Infantry Regiment "Rendova Advance Unit" landed the C Company, G Company (each less one rifle platoon) on the northern tip of Rendova. Due to bad weather, two companies land in the wrong location.

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, U.S. Navy (USN) 24th Naval Construction Battalion (24th NCB) "Seebees", 103rd Field Artillery Battalion and other supporting units. Rendova was developed as the principal base for operations against Munda only a few miles to the north.

Japanese missions against Rendova
June 30, 1943–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 June 30, 1943 on Rendova Island

Bonieto Point
Located at the western tip of Rendova Island.

B-25C-5 Mitchell Serial Number 42-53404
Pilot 1st Lt. Eugene R. Brogan MIA June 22, 1943

References
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
U.S. Army in World War II - Cartwheel: The Reduction of Rabaul Chapter VI Toenails: The Landings in New Georgia pages 78
New Georgia The Second Battle For the Solomons (2016) details Rendova during the New Georgia campaign

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October 23, 2019

 

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