Fifteen small islands in this South Pacific Ocean country have a total land area of 240 square kilometres Today, self-governing parliamentary democracy in free association with New Zealand.
Penrhyn Atoll (Tongareva)
Largest and most remote of the Cook Islands. Also known as
Tongareva, Mangarongaro, Hararanga, or Te Pitaka.
The U.S. code name for Penrhyn during the war was "Ostler". During July 1942, the first American aircraft landed at the atoll, a PBY Catalina. American troops landed on November 8, 1942. The camp near the airfield was “Camp Durant”, or “Point Durant Camp". The last American forces departed Penrhyn on September 30, 1946.
Penrhyn Airfield (Penrhyn Island Airfield)
Built during the war, still in use today.
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May 3, 2016