Saratoga (CV-3) in a South Pacific anchorage, likely Noumea/New Caledonia, 1943. Saratoga was the only operational U.S. fleet carrier available for the August 1943 New Georgia operation, so the Royal Navy's carrier Victorious (see following image) was briefly transferred to U.S. operational control (NH 81067).
Helena (CL-50), in the center, firing during the 5–6 July 1943 Battle of Kula Gulf, just before she was torpedoed and sunk. The next ship astern is Saint Louis (CL-49). Photographed from USS Honolulu (CL-48) (80-G-54553).
Light cruisers maneuvering off Espiritu Santo, New Hebrides, during exercises on 20 June 1943, ten days before the invasion of New Georgia. Ships are Saint Louis (CL-49) at left; Helena (CL-50) at right; and Honolulu (CL-48) in the center distance (80-G-57074).
Rendova–New Georgia Operation, June/July 1943: Lieutenant Colonel Lester E. Brown, commanding 2nd Battalion, 103rd Infantry Regiment , gives last-minute instructions to his officers before boarding landing craft in the Russell Islands for transportation to Rendova or New Georgia, 29 June 1943. In background are LCI-333 and LCI-334 (SC-185867).
Marines unloading LCIs on a Rendova Island beach, 4 July 1943. They are unloading in a hurry after a bomb struck between the two landing craft in the center. Vessels are (left to right): LCI-23, LCI-24, LCI-65, and LCI-63 (USMC-63408).
HMS Victorious with a Fairey Albacore torpedo bomber lined up to land on board, circa 1941. Before arriving in the Solomons in 1943, the carrier was fitted with additional antiaircraft guns, U.S. Navy radar and communications gear, and additional arresting wires in Norfolk, Virginia, and at Pearl Harbor. Her disruptive camouflage was only partially retained on her armored flight deck. It was found that the large TBM Avenger torpedo bombers taxed the ship's storage and deck-handling capacity. Thus, given her superior fighter-direction center, Victorious embarked the fighter squadrons of Saratoga's air wing in addition to her own during the New Georgia operation (NH 73690).
View onboard Nashville (CL-43), looking aft from amidships on the starboard side. Taken 11–13 May 1943, before or just after Task Force 18's 13 May bombardment of Japanese positions on Kolombangara and New Georgia islands. The ship immediately astern is St. Louis (CL-49) (NH 97963).
Marines aboard Honolulu (CL-48) fire a salute during funeral services for a casualty from the sunken Helena (CL-50) following the Battle of Kula Gulf. Note chaplain at right and audio equipment in left center, atop the cruiser's hangar cover (80-G-54566).
USS Strong (DD-467) Highlines mail to Honolulu (CL-48) during operations in the Solomon Islands area, June/July 1943. Strong was torpedoed and sunk off New Georgia on 5 July 1943. Note the warning notice painted on Honolulu's starboard catapult: “No Smoking Abaft This Sign” (80-G-52931).
Smoke from a Japanese bomb explosion drifts over a U.S. Army 155-mm "Long Tom" heavy artillery piece after an enemy air raid on its position on Rendova Island. The gun was employed in shelling Japanese positions on nearby New Georgia (80-G-52787).
U.S. Navy warships from Rear Admiral. A. S. Merrill's cruise-destroyer force shelling Munda airfield, New Georgia, from Blanche Channel. This attack was delivered in support of U.S. land operations against the Japanese positions at Munda (SC-181667).
Lieutenant John F. Kennedy, USNR, receives the Navy and Marine Corps Medal from Captain Frederick L. Conklin, MC, USN, commanding officer of Chelsea Naval Hospital, Massachusetts, 1945. Kennedy was commander of PT-109, which was sliced in two by the Japanese destroyer Amagiri during the final operations in the New Georgia campaign, 2 August 1943 (NH 91542).