Balalae Island

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Balalae Island
Balalae Island is located in Solomon Islands
Balalae Island
Balalae Island
Location in the Solomon Islands
Coordinates: 006°59′20.4″S 155°52′53.4″E / 6.989000°S 155.881500°E / -6.989000; 155.881500
Country  Solomon Islands
Province Western Province
Island group Shortland Islands Group

Balalae Island (or Ballale/ Ballali) is an island of the Shortland Islands Group in the Western Province of the Solomon Islands.

World War II[edit]

The island was the scene of a Japanese atrocity during the Second World War. A work party of 517 British prisoners of war from various artillery regiments captured after the Battle of Singapore were transported to the island under the command of Lt.Col. John Bassett to build an airfield. When the airfield was completed the prisoners, including their commander Bassett, were executed. The mass graves were discovered after the war. Japanese authorities claimed that the prisoners were lost at sea when their transport was torpedoed.[1]

This base was the intended destination from Rabaul of Japanese Admiral Isoroku Yamamoto when his inspection flight was intercepted and shot down on April 18, 1943 near the later site of Buin, Bougainville Island, killing Yamamoto.

Sale of Relics[edit]

In 2007, the Solomon Islands Government agreed to the arrangement for the sale of all World War II relics at the community of Balalae in Shortlands to an international group. The agreement gave way for removal of 11 remains of Japanese planes that had been in place since World War II.[2]

External links[edit]

Sources[edit]

  1. ^ "Roll of Honour". Retrieved 2009-09-18. 
  2. ^ Joanna, Sireheti (2007-11-21). "Removal of WWII Relics in Solomons". Solomon Times. Retrieved 2012-10-19.