Transported to Ponape Island. One of two dual barrel 127mm anti-aircraft guns lifted atop Sokehs Mountain (Jokej) using native labor.
Emplaced on a concrete base about 500 yards north of the 6" Naval Gun and are located along the center of the flat top of the ridge. 127mm Anti-Aircraft Gun (No. 1) is emplaced about 50 yards away. During the war, this gun was hit by a 75mm howitzer shell fired by a B-25 Mitchell.
Remains in situ. Nearby is a frame that was likely a barrel rest for bore cleaning.
"Hit near the top of the turret
by a shell. I think its is a hit from one of the B-25 Mitchells
shooting the nose-mounted 75mm howitzer. There are also a few .50 cal
holes in the mounting."
"There is a cab to the right of the barrels.
This gun reportedly shot down lots of Allied planes, it was said.
I was shown where one had crashed on mountain side. Maybe PBJ "Love Bug" 35275 was one of its victims. They tried bombing the length
of mountain top-no good, too narrow. So, they then tried bombing
from side to side. Still no good, too small. I saw bomb craters
from attempts on one side of Sokehs at the base. Rumor has it,
they finally got it by having a fighter (Japanese word is "sentoki")
drop a small bomb which penetrated the cab and exploded inside.
The hole was about 12" diameter if I recall."
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June 29, 2019