The raids killed one
local man and a dozen Americans but did little damage. A total of eight Japanese
planes were lost attacking Funafuti.
April 23, 1943
(IJN) Type 96 (Sally) bombers from the 755 Kokutai bombed Funafuti Airfiel. During the raid, 680 islanders took refuge in the concrete walled, pandanus-thatched
church. U. S. Army Corporal B. F. Ladd,
persuaded them to get out of there and into dugouts. Ten minutes later,
a large bomb destroyed the building. Only one
islander, Esau Sepetaina was killed in the air raid.
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