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==History==
 
==History==
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===Japanese construction===
 
===Japanese construction===
 
After the occupation of the Solomon Islands in April 1942, the Japanese military planned to capture Port Moresby in New Guinea and Tulagi in the southern Solomons, extending their southern defensive perimeter establishing bases to support possible future advances. Seizure of Nauru, [[Ocean Island]], New Caledonia, Fiji, and Samoa would cut supply lines between Australia and the [[United States]], with the result of reducing or eliminating Australia as a threat to Japanese positions in the South Pacific.
 
After the occupation of the Solomon Islands in April 1942, the Japanese military planned to capture Port Moresby in New Guinea and Tulagi in the southern Solomons, extending their southern defensive perimeter establishing bases to support possible future advances. Seizure of Nauru, [[Ocean Island]], New Caledonia, Fiji, and Samoa would cut supply lines between Australia and the [[United States]], with the result of reducing or eliminating Australia as a threat to Japanese positions in the South Pacific.
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About the middle of July, 250 additional civilians of the "Hama Construction Unit" arrived under the command of Inouree Hama, who had had 50 men on [[Gavutu]] previously. Also, specialists from the 14th Encampment Corps established radio stations on Tulagi, Gavutu and at RXI. Local labor was also used in the construction.
 
About the middle of July, 250 additional civilians of the "Hama Construction Unit" arrived under the command of Inouree Hama, who had had 50 men on [[Gavutu]] previously. Also, specialists from the 14th Encampment Corps established radio stations on Tulagi, Gavutu and at RXI. Local labor was also used in the construction.
   
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Airfield construction proceeded ahead of schedule and on the night of 6 August 1942, just prior to the American landing, the construction troops were given an extra sake ration for completing the airfield ahead of schedule.
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Airfield construction proceeded ahead of schedule and on the night of 6 August 1942, just prior to the American landing, the construction troops were given an extra [[sake]] ration for completing the airfield ahead of schedule.
   
 
===United States seizure and Battle of Guadalcanal===
 
===United States seizure and Battle of Guadalcanal===
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===Operations after the Battle of Guadalcanal===
 
===Operations after the Battle of Guadalcanal===
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Reconnaissance work was carried out by specially fitted Navy Liberator bombers operating from Henderson Field on Einwetok and other islands in 1944.<ref>Samuel Eliot Morison, ''History of United States Naval Operations in World War II: New Guinea and the Marianas'', 1953 August P. Loring & W. Sidney Felton, p.164</ref> NZETC squadrons were using the air base during October and November 1944 for patrols and searches.<ref>{{cite web|author=Author: Ross, Squadron Leader J. M. S. |url=http://nzetc.victoria.ac.nz/tm/scholarly/tei-WH2AirF-c14-11.html#name-021260-mention |title=OPERATIONS BY NO. 1 (BR) SQUADRON, OCTOBER 1943&nbsp;– FEBRUARY 1944 &#124; NZETC |publisher=Nzetc.victoria.ac.nz |date= |accessdate=2013-02-14}}</ref>
 
Reconnaissance work was carried out by specially fitted Navy Liberator bombers operating from Henderson Field on Einwetok and other islands in 1944.<ref>Samuel Eliot Morison, ''History of United States Naval Operations in World War II: New Guinea and the Marianas'', 1953 August P. Loring & W. Sidney Felton, p.164</ref> NZETC squadrons were using the air base during October and November 1944 for patrols and searches.<ref>{{cite web|author=Author: Ross, Squadron Leader J. M. S. |url=http://nzetc.victoria.ac.nz/tm/scholarly/tei-WH2AirF-c14-11.html#name-021260-mention |title=OPERATIONS BY NO. 1 (BR) SQUADRON, OCTOBER 1943&nbsp;– FEBRUARY 1944 &#124; NZETC |publisher=Nzetc.victoria.ac.nz |date= |accessdate=2013-02-14}}</ref>
   
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==United States military use==
 
==United States military use==
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===United States Navy===
 
===United States Navy===
 
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