Udot Island is located near the center of Truk Lagoon in Chuuk State (Truk) in the Federated States of Micronesia. The highest elevation is 73'. Nearby to the northeast is Eot Island. To the northwest is Ulalu Island. To the west is Tol Island, to the southwest is Fala-beguets Island and to the southeast is Eiol Island.
Occupied by the Japanese for the duration of the Pacific War until the surrender of Japan in September 1945. Udot Island was occupied by both the Imperial Japanese Navy (IJN) and Imperial Japanese Army (IJA). On March 26, 1944 arrived was the 51st Independent Mixed Brigade, 337th Independent Battalion of the 51st Independent Mixed Brigade under the command of Captain Kneori Fukutome.
A total of 1,025 Navy personnel were based on Udot. Units included 4th Fleet Headquarters (15 men), 43rd Naval Guard Force (73 men), 48th Naval Guard Force (116 men), 4th Naval Stores Department (25 men), 4th Civilian Engineering Department (796 men). Bases for Kaiten manned suicide torpedoes were planned at Udot, but never completed. An improvised torpedo attack unit was planned to be based on southern Udot using four Daihatsu landing craft carrying two torpedoes, but preparations were never completed.
American missions against Udot
May 27, 1945
WWII Wrecks of the Truk Lagoon pages 17-18, 78 (map), 79, 89, 145, 150, 226, 230, 241, 243, 516 (index)
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October 23, 2019