Kirby Crawford 1967
Emplaced in a turret on the northern coast of Peale Island at Wake Atoll.
Abandoned since the war. It
is often reported that this was a British made gun,
captured by the Japanese in Singapore and relocated
to Wake Atoll. This is incorrect.
coastal defense guns in Micronesia by Dirk Spennemann
"As so often
in Micronesia, the mythology about the 'Singapore'-guns
also engulfed the 8-inch guns. As the guns on
Eneen-Kio were identified by aircraft reconnaissance
as British technology, wartime assessments first
feared and then believed such guns might have
been transplanted from Singapore (OPNAV 1945a:
54). The same is purported by Cohen's book on
Wake Island (Cohen 1982:103), where he also confuses
them with 7-inch guns. In the same volume the same
guns are reported to have come from Hong Kong (Cohen
1983:95). The reality is that the guns came from
obsolete Japanese naval vessels, which had been
purchased from the U.K. and Italy in the years
before World War I"
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May 3, 2016