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    Futami Bay Chi Chi Jima Harbor Bonin Islands | Ogasawara Subprefecture Japan
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George Pierce, Jr 1951
Location
Futami Bay (Futami Ko) borders the west of Chi Chi Jima (Father Island, Ogasawara) in Ogasawara Subprefecture in Japan. Also known as Chi Chi Harbor or Chichi Jima Harbor. To the east borders Sakairua Bay and beyond Sakairua on the eastern side and Omura (Ogasawara) at the northern edge.


Wartime History
During the Pacific War, Futami Bay was used by the Japanese during the war as an anchorage and seaplane operating area.

American missions against Chi Chi Jima
August 12, 1944–June 4, 1945

William Alderfer, USS Sperry recalls:
“I was aboard the USS Sperry AS-12 sub tender back in 1952, we set up a sub base there for about a week.  Our subs would come there and get Supplies. I went ashore and found things and places you would never think this island could have.  You could travel though the mountains in tunnels, and see all the gun in placement. There were old  torpedo laying on the ground. We found a cave full of gasoline, maybe 500 55 gallon drums. There were about 50 natives living there and grew bananas. The marines were defusing the island. There was a ship in the harbor with the side shot out. There was an airplane wing laying on the beach, it was from a bomber from the US. [Photo Archive].”

Bill Marks, USS Toleda
"Our ship visited the Bonin Islands about 1952. About 10 of us went on a swimming party just to get off the ship for a while. There was a ship with a large hole in the side about 500 hundred feet from the beach [Hinko Maru]. I attempted to swim out to the ship, but turned back because of sharks. There was an aircraft engine on the beach. The prop ends were bent back as if a plane had made a wheels up landing."

Hinko Maru
Grounded June 12, 1944 in Sakairua Bay and repeatedly attacked by American aircraft

References
John LaPlant's Chichi Jima Bonin Islands Website

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February 18, 2020

 

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