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Peter Ording 2001
Lat 9° 4' 60N Long 167° 19' 60E Kwajalein Atoll is located in the Marshall Islands. Kwajalein Atoll has a Northern Atoll and Southern Atoll including Kwajalein Island, Roi-Namur, Ebeye, Eller, Shell (Ebwaj), Bigel, Gehh, Gugegwe, Mellu, Obella and Ennuemennet.
Developed by the Japanese Navy as a Naval anchorage and seaplane operating area. Attacked by United States aircraft during 1942 until January 1944.
American missions against Kwajalein Atoll
February 1, 1942 - January 28, 1944
During "Operation Flintlock" Kwajalein came under heavy air attack by U.S. Navy aircraft and ships. On January 31, 1944 U.S. Marines landed on the Kwajalein Island. By February 4, 1944 Kwajalein was liberated. Immediately, the island was developed into a major American base and staging area.
The Kwajalein Atoll area is used by the US military bases for radar and tracking. The signs of World War II on land are almost all but erased, but underwater there are many shipwrecks and some aircraft wrecks that are popular dive sites.
Kwajalein Island largest island in Kwajalein Atoll includes Kwajalein Airfield.
Roi-Namur Island located at the northern edge of Kwajalein Atoll.
Ebeye Island located in Kwajalein Atoll.
Eller Island located in Kwajalein Atoll.
Shell Island (Ebwaj) located in Kwajalein Atoll.
Bigel Island located in Kwajalein Atoll.
Gehh Island located in Kwajalein Atoll.
Gugegwe Island located in Kwajalein Atoll.
Mellu Island located in Kwajalein Atoll.
Obella Island located in Kwajalein Atoll.
Albert Island (Ennuemennet) located at the northern edge of Kwajalein Atoll.
RO-60 grounded December 9, 1941 and demolished afterwards
Kembu Maru sunk December 4, 1943 by carrier aircraft from the USS Lexington
Takunan Maru No. 7 sunk December 4, 1943 by carrier aircraft from the USS Lexington
Eiko Maru No. 2 sunk January 29, 1944 by USS North Carolina
Shinsho Maru sunk July 9, 1942 off Kiiyo Channel off Southern Atoll
Asakaze Maru sunk December 3, 1943 by carrier aircraft
Choko Maru sunk December 4, 1943 by carrier aircraft
Shoei Maru sunk December 19, 1943 by PBY Catalina glide bombing attack
Tateyama Maru damaged December 4, 1943 by carrier aircraft sunk February 15, 1943 by USS Pickerel SS-177
Ikuta Maru sunk January 12, 1944 by carrier aircraft
Akibaasan Maru (P-Buoy Wreck) sunk January 31, 1944 by carrier aircraft
DR Wreck sunk into Southern Atoll
Ski Area Wreck sunk into Southern Atoll
South Pass sunk into Southern Atoll
Ski Area Dolphin sunk into Southern Atoll
Small Wrecks sunk into Southern Atoll
Concrete Barge sunk into Southern Atoll
N-Bouy Wreck sunk into Southern Atoll
O-Bouy sunk into Southern Atoll
G-Bouy Wreck sunk into Southern Atoll
N-East Wreck sunk into Southern Atoll
Prinz Eugen sunk December 22, 1946 capsized onto Enubuj Reef after atomic bomb test "Able".
Ditched on the west reef, discovered 1967.
MIA February 1, 1944
MIA February 1, 1944
Crashed July 23, 1944
Breaking the Outer Ring: Marine Landings in the Marshall Islands
Atoll Map 1944
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