Documents Relating to New Zealand's Participation in the Second World War 1939–45: Volume III
391 — Colonel Dove1 to Lieutenant-General Puttick
Have returned to New Caledonia.2 General Harmon authorises me to inform you that Advanced Divisional Headquarters and 14th Brigade Group landed on Vella Lavella in the morning of 18 September without incident. The convoy of twenty ships consisting of LSTs, APDs and LCIs3 was not subjected to any bombing attack whilst en route, which he considers due to the heavy fighter cover provided and also to the incessant attacks over the past few days on aerodromes on Bougainville. General Barrowclough has been appointed comgen4 Vella Lavella.
2 A signal on 14 September (not published) advised that General Barrowclough was leaving ‘permanently’ for Vella Lavella on the 17th and that Colonel Dove was going to Guadalcanal, returning to New Caledonia about the 18th.
3 Landing Ships, Tanks; Assault Personnel, Destroyers; Landing Craft, Infantry.
4 Commanding General.