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    Koror (Koror Town) Koror State Palau (Republic of Palau, Belau, Pelew)
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307th BG August 28, 1944

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Location
Lat 7° 19' 60N Long 134° 28' 60E  Koror is located at the center of the north coast of Koror Island (Oreor) in Koror State in the center of Palau. Also known as "Koror Town". Borders Koror Harbor to the north. To the northeast connected by a causeway is Babelthuap Island (Babeldaob). To the west connected by a causeway is Arakabesan Island (Ngerekebesang) and nearby is Malakal Island. To the southwest is Urukthapel Island.

Prewar
Durng the Japanese colonial era, Japanese civilians plus laberors from Korea and farmers from Okinawa were settled on the Koror Island to establish farms and businesses.

Wartime History
During the Pacific War, Koror Island was not heavily defended by the Japanese military due to the civilian population and infrastructure. Attacked by American aircraft starting in late June 1944 until May 1945 and neutralized. Occupied until the official surrender of Japan in September 1945.

American missions against Koror
June 23, 1944 - May 5, 1945

Today
Koror is the largest town in Palau and became the national capital after independence in 1981 until 2006 when the capital moved to Ngerulmud on Babelthuap Island. Today, roughly two-thirds of the nation's population lives on Koror Island.

Battery Hill
Located on the northern end of Koror, defended by anti-aircraft batteries.

Belau National Museum
Established in 1955, the oldest museum in Micronesia

B-24M "Brief" Serial Number 44-42058
Pilot Custer crashed May 4, 1945 wreckage remains

B-24J Liberator 44-40603
Pilot Dixon crashed August 28, 1944 left wing wreckage remains

FG-1D Corsair Bureau Number 76471
Pilot Nelson crashed April 16, 1945

FG-1A Corsair Bureau Number 14257
Pilot Brown crashed March 4, 1945 pilot rescued from Koror Harbor aircraft crashed on northern Koror

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August 29, 2019

 

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