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Espiritu Santo

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Interact With Santo

Unquestionably Santo was covered in base infrastructure during World War II. Airfields, roads, ports, docks, hospitals, maintenance facilities, ammunition storage, fuel facilities, even cinemas and bakeries were dotted across the south east corner of the island. But what’s of keen interest to a lot of people is where was everything located? We decided it was time we mapped everything out – to the best of the information we have to hand.

Based on official records, maps, aerial photography and first hand accounts we’ve produced an exciting interactive aerial photograph featuring as many World War II sites that we have evidence of. The base image uses Google Maps’ most recent imagery of Luganville, and we’ve centred the map on the location of the Museum, once it’s constructed. In the top right corner you’ll find a layers icon where you can view the Google map with various layers turned on. But of greatest interest is the 1943 aerial imagery layer you can turn on or off over the Google Map. That way you can compare an area during the war with how it looks today. We’ve tried to be as accurate as we can with the 1943 overlay, but as it’s made up of many smaller images and there was some lens distortion in the original images particularly towards their edges, getting things to line up perfectly was difficult. That said, it’s pretty close.

Many of the markers are also clickable and provide a little background on the particular site along with any supporting photographs we have in our records. Quite obviously there are many more sites to add to the database and as these are discovered we’ll add them to the image. Another feature of the map is below the map is a search window if you want to look up specific locations such as ‘port’ or ‘airfield’. The system will limit your markers to the search term you provide. Additionally, if you click on the little car icon to the right of each marker you’ll be taken to a Google Maps page where you can click on your current location and you’ll be given a route to that marker, with the travel time for both walking and driving. A handy feature if you ever travel to Santo and want to explore some of the locations.

Of course if you know of the location of anything not shown on our map, we’d love to hear from you. Please feel free to get in contact with us via our Contact page.

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South Pacific World War II Museum Site: -15.515686, 167.172797
Million Dollar Point: -15.525026, 167.244884
SS President Coolidge Wreck: -15.523759, 167.235045
Bomber Airfield No 1: -15.502153, 167.248263
Bomber Airfield No 2: -15.505647, 167.221205
Bomber Airfield No 3: -15.514972, 167.132435
Cemetery: -15.462263, 167.217751
Seaplane Base: -15.554821, 167.145975
Av Gas Storage Tanks: -15.511912, 167.255945
Fighter Airfield No.1: -15.379129, 167.182217
Naval Area: -15.469398, 167.227879
Naval Area: -15.511788, 167.171230
Royal New Zealand Air Force Base Depot: -15.494668, 167.237792
Air Corps: -15.515882, 167.234745
Navy Ammunition Depot Annex: -15.463773, 167.171917
Bakery: -15.466549, 167.222729
Bakery: -15.511085, 167.196679
Transportation Pool: -15.465701, 167.224520
Laundry: -15.458147, 167.208502
Air Signals: -15.457196, 167.207966
Ordnance Bomb Area: -15.510589, 167.248650
Engineers: -15.497521, 167.224531
Engineers: -15.487099, 167.212429
13th Air Force: -15.507488, 167.191143
US Army HQ: -15.514735, 167.196786
122nd Evacuation Hospital (Army): -15.474671, 167.226505
Navy Base Hospital No.6: -15.506578, 167.200541
PX Warehouse: -15.517826, 167.220755
PX Warehouse: -15.516709, 167.216978
Army Quartermaster Warehousing Area 3: -15.468322, 167.224928
Army Quartermaster Warehousing Area 2: -15.506288, 167.191615
Army Quartermaster Warehousing Area 1: -15.534076, 167.151661
US Navy Class III Supply Dump: -15.521754, 167.160072
US Navy Class III Supply Dump: -15.514600, 167.173591
Aore Island R&R Center: -15.530768, 167.196636
Floating Crane: -15.536060, 167.176380
Floating Dry Dock: -15.533373, 167.184834
Floating Dry Dock: -15.531450, 167.188632
Floating Dry Dock - ABSD-1: -15.443256, 167.249658
Aore Island Mine Assembly: -15.536887, 167.182131
Aore Island US Navy Fuel Farm: -15.560123, 167.159042
Av Gas Storage Tanks: -15.507446, 167.255259
Av Gas Storage Tanks: -15.502484, 167.243843
Av Gas Storage Tanks: -15.491649, 167.232599
Av Gas Storage Tanks: -15.487678, 167.232771
Av Gas Storage Tanks: -15.487678, 167.232771
Av Gas Storage Tanks: -15.385502, 167.180414
US Navy Fuel Storage Tanks: -15.481392, 167.228222
US Navy Fuel Storage Tanks: -15.476843, 167.225046
Motor Torpedo Boat Base No.2: -15.517112, 167.172904
25th Evac Hospital (Army): -15.483129, 167.213631
Navy Base Evac Hospital No.3: -15.506702, 167.177968
Dock No. 7: -15.551963, 167.159740
Dock No. 8: -15.536784, 167.182002
Dock No. 5: -15.523118, 167.160974
Stone Dock: -15.520038, 167.164342
Dock 4: -15.515076, 167.181101
Dock 3: -15.515014, 167.187130
Dock 2: -15.515138, 167.189641
Dock 1: -15.515138, 167.193868
Garbage Pier: -15.517701, 167.217901
Jail: -15.514486, 167.192881
Camp Elrod: -15.466771, 167.223684
Pallikulo Dock (Army): -15.479717, 167.253456
Panorama: -15.508439, 167.159986
Panorama: -15.527915, 167.180071
Panorama: -15.517412, 167.156940
National Air Transport Service (NATS) Jetties: -15.522622, 167.161510
Turtle Bay Camp: -15.377516, 167.182517
Army Quartermaster Garden: -15.486148, 167.191744
Acetylene Plant: -15.497314, 167.191358
Army-Navy Transfer Station: -15.501574, 167.197924
Radio Range: -15.499754, 167.207022
Army Medical Supply: -15.482550, 167.212601
Army Ordnance Area: -15.469729, 167.212257
Chemical Warfare Storage: -15.470556, 167.213287
Interceptor Command Receiving Station: -15.459275, 167.211989
Army Quartermaster Area: -15.465448, 167.219274
Army Laundry: -15.465758, 167.218759
Army Motor Pool: -15.465489, 167.218888
AACS Receiving Station: -15.483915, 167.229284
AACS Transmitting Station: -15.498079, 167.236698
Royal New Zealand Air Force Camp: -15.494399, 167.237427
Harbor Entrance Control Post: -15.474609, 167.255312
Radar Station & School: -15.485197, 167.255666
Aviation Supply Depot: -15.488464, 167.255387
Pallikulo Field Camp: -15.505254, 167.250538
Aviation Repair: -15.500985, 167.243339
Pekoa Field Camp: -15.508273, 167.229638
Port Command: -15.517081, 167.217708
Chemical Warfare School: -15.517081, 167.218566
US Cemetery: -15.505916, 167.200799
Malaria Control: -15.506909, 167.201443
AES Radio Station: -15.512243, 167.206163
American Red Cross: -15.512326, 167.207365
US Army Camp: -15.514683, 167.197130
Signals Supply Depot: -15.514776, 167.196454
BPO: -15.514476, 167.196743
Central Telegraphic & Telephone Exchange: -15.514538, 167.197087
Army Radio Receiving Station: -15.514114, 167.196829
Naval Receiving Station: -15.513298, 167.193782
Island Command HQ: -15.515003, 167.194576
NAB HQ: -15.514931, 167.193235
Port Dir.: -15.515189, 167.193471
Harbor Entrance Control Post: -15.515189, 167.193696
Radio Station: -15.514993, 167.193965
Navy Radio Materials Supply: -15.515003, 167.194254
Navy Radio Materials Supply: -15.515003, 167.194254
PAD: -15.515107, 167.194179
Fleet Post Office: -15.514941, 167.193857
Navy V-Mail: -15.514993, 167.194222
BPO: -15.515231, 167.194029
Ship Repair Section: -15.515220, 167.187688
Landing Ship Landing: -15.514414, 167.186701
Ship Repair Unit Camp: -15.513318, 167.186015
Navy Medical Storehouse: -15.513380, 167.187710
Fleet Officers’ Club: -15.513525, 167.186980
NAB Camps: -15.506660, 167.192430
Naval Ammunition Depot: -15.505668, 167.173848
Navy Supply Depot: -15.516337, 167.173322
Navy Impregnation Plant: -15.515789, 167.173945
Torpedo Shop: -15.516699, 167.173709
Target Repair Base: -15.515324, 167.174674
Spare Parts Distribution Center: -15.516502, 167.166724
Materials Recovery Unit: -15.516275, 167.167711
NAF: -15.522808, 167.160501
Drum Filling Plant: -15.524214, 167.157583
Dock No. 6: -15.524793, 167.159042
Navy Boat Pool: -15.525207, 167.158871
Boat Repair: -15.525020, 167.159708
Navy Camp: -15.523656, 167.158506
Av Gas Storage Tanks: -15.526468, 167.149043
ComAirCenter: -15.517040, 167.134838
Luganville Field Camp: -15.511830, 167.131920
Fire Fighting School: -15.554190, 167.143958
Harbour Detection Station: -15.599539, 167.107126
Magazine Area: -15.558304, 167.171831
Target Repair & Fleet Schools Camp: -15.539782, 167.179813
Degaussing Facilities: -15.593649, 167.243296
Harbor Entrance Control Post: -15.579388, 167.256364
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South Pacific World War II Museum Site
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Navy Supply Depot
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Navy Impregnation Plant
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US Navy Class III Supply Dump
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Torpedo Shop
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Motor Torpedo Boat Base No.2
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Target Repair Base
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Naval Area
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