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During World War II, Vella Lavella was the home base for VMF-214 (the "Black Sheep," led by Gregory Boyington). For convenience, the TV series Baa, Baa, Black Sheep renamed the island to "Vella La Cava."
Google Earth overhead images show what may be the remains of the Marines' airfield.
- "My Journey to Vella Lavella" A travelogue by a rare Western visitor to the island, from September 1997.
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