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    Rendova PT Boat Base (Lumbaria Island/Todd City) Western Province Solomon Islands
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USN August 1, 1943
Location
Rendova PT Boat Base (Lumbaria Island/Todd City) was located inside Rendova Harbor bordering Lumbaria Island off Rendova Island. To the east is Pau Island and Bau Island.
Later, Rendova PT Boat Base (Bau Island) was developed nearby. Prewar and during the Pacific War located in the British Solomon Islands. Today located in Western Province in the Solomon Islands.

Construction
During June 1943 the U. S. Navy (USN) established at PT-Boat base at this location with shore based facilities on Lumbaria Island with PT Boats docked in Rendova Harbor.

Wartime History
During the middle of 1943, Rendova PT Boat Base was used by the U. S. Navy (USN) as their primary and most forward PT-Boat base in the central Solomon Islands. The base was under the command of USN Commander T. G. Warfield. Also known as Lumbaria Island PT-Boat Base.

At this location was based Motor Torpedo Boat Squadron 9 (MTBS-9) and Motor Torpedo Boat Squadron 10 (MTBS-10). PT-Boats that operated from this location included PT-103, PT-104, PT-105, PT-107, PT-109, PT-117, PT-154, PT-155, PT-156, PT-157, PT-158, PT-159, PT-160, PT-161, PT-162 and PT-164.

During July 1943 renamed "Todd City" in honor of Ensign Leon E. Todd, Jr., USNR, O-161871 from New Jersey who was the first PT-Boat crewman from this base who on July 2, 1943 was Killed In Action (KIA) and buried at sea.

On August 1, 1943 a Japanese air raid destroyed to PT-Boats that were docked including PT-164 and PT-117. That same afternoon, PT-109 departed from this base when it was lost during a collision in the Blacket Strait.

During October 1943, the U. S. Navy (USN) developed Rendova PT Boat Base (Bau Island) on nearby Bau Island.

Ewan Stevenson adds:
"I went there on a picnic in 1994 very pleasant and searched for a PT boat sunk in the harbour (deep) that is rarely seen/known. Had no success this time either!"

References
American Battle Monuments Commission (ABMC) - Leon E. Todd Jr.
FindAGrave - Ens Leon E Todd, Jr (tablets of the missing)
FindAGrave - Leon E Todd, Jr (memorial marker photo, Bethel Memorial Park, Pennsauken, NJ)
Thanks to Ewan Stevenson for additional information

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Last Updated
July 21, 2019

 

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