The Coordinates: 7°44′S 156°38′E / 7.733°S 156.633°E Battle of Vella Lavella was fought from 15 August – 9 October 1943 between Japan and the Allied forces from New Zealand and the United States. Vella Lavella is an island located in the Solomon Islands that had been occupied by Japanese forces. The Allies successfully recaptured the island. Barakoma Airfield on Vella Lavella was later the homebase of VMF-214 "Blacksheep" and its CO Major Gregory "Pappy" Boyington.
^ Miller, Cartwheel, p. 176 & Gillespie, Official History, p. 128. Ground forces included 5,888 U.S. and 3,700 New Zealanders.
^ Gillespie, Official History, p. 128 & 139.
^ Gillespie, Official History, p. 142. Includes ground force and naval support personnel.
^ Gillespie, Official History, p. 139.
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