Solomon Islands Research
Solomons Research: December 1995
  • Vessel: open launch
  • Port of Embarkation: Gizo Island, Solomon Islands
  • Destination: Waghena Island, Solomon Islands
  • Operations: Interview former residents of Nikumaroro. (Nikumaroro was originally settled by Gilbertese islanders under British authority in late 1938. The colony was abandoned and the residents resettled to the Solomon Islands in 1963.)
  • Results: The people’s folklore includes a story that the first work party on Nikumaroro in 1938 found the bones of a white man and woman, identifiable as such from the remnants of clothing and shoes they wore.

See the full report of this expedition: Solomon Islands.
See the photographs from this expedition: Photos.
See TIGHAR Tracks articles about this expedition: Solomon Islands Expedition.

Solomons Research: August 2011

From August 20-30, 2011, John Clauss, Nancy Farrell, Karl Kern, Baoro Laxton Koraua and Gary F. Quigg, of The International Group for Historic Aircraft Recovery (TIGHAR) conducted a research expedition in the Solomon Islands consisting of oral history interviews with former residents of Nikumaroro Island (Kiribati) as well as a thorough examination of relevant archival materials in the Solomon Islands National Archives.

Final Report (PDF)
Special thanks to Madeline Corsaro.

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