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    Eten Island (Etan) Truk Federated States of Micronesia

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USN February 17, 1944

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Peter Ording 2007

Location
Eten Island is located to the southeast of Dublon Island (Tonoas) in Truk Lagoon. Also spelled "Etan".

Wartime History
Occupied by the Japanese, military construction began in 1934 and began by leveling half the island for an airfield. After the expiration of the Washington Naval treaty in 1937, more construction begain with help of the Japanese Navy and South Seas Government. In 1939 work intensified, with conscripted labor, Koreans, and Japanese prisoners also used. All construction was completed by late 1943.

American missions against Eten
March 15, 1944 - June 21, 1945

Eten Airfield
Japanese built airfield

Eten Headquarters Building
Three story building was an aviation HQ and communications center. It is made of reinforced concrete with steal doors and windows. During the war, it was riddled with bullet holes and bomb damage. Nearby are four blockhouses, one with mounts for a generator. Today, the walls have been grafiited by Trukese youths.

A6M Zero
Upside down with a gear leg above water at low tide

Mount Uinku
The hilltop has a commanding view of the nearly all the islands in the lagoon.

Type 89 (1929) 127mm Anti-Aircraft Gun
Emplaced atop Mount Uinku

D4Y1 Judy
Ditched off Eten Island

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April 21, 2014

 

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