Vella Lavella

Vella Lavella is an island in the Western Province of the Solomon Islands. It lies to the west of New Georgia, but is considered one of the New Georgia Group. To its west is the Treasury Islands.

The sea around the island was the site of the Naval Battle of Vella Lavella in World War II. The Land Battle of Vella Lavella took place from 15 August to 9 October 1943.

During World War II, Vella Lavella was the home base for VMF-214 (the "Black Sheep," led by Gregory Boyington). For convenience, the TV series Baa, Baa, Black Sheep renamed the island to "Vella La Cava."

Google Earth overhead images show what may be the remains of the Marines' airfield.

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Land Battle Of Vella Lavella
... The 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 ... Vella Lavella was later the homebase of VMF-214 "Blacksheep" and its CO Major Gregory "Pappy" Boyington ...
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Vella Lavella - Links
... "My Journey to Vella Lavella" A travelogue by a rare Western visitor to the island, from September 1997 ... Shortland Islands Simbo Stirling Telina Tetepare Treasury Islands Vella Lavella Uepi Vangunu Vonavona Coordinates 7°44′S 156°38′E / 7.733°S 156.633°E / -7.733 156.633 ...
Japanese Destroyer Yūgumo (1941)
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USS Taylor (DD-468) - World War II - Aug. – Sept. 1943
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