Chi Chi Jima Harbor is located off Chi Chi Jima (Father Island, Ogasawara) ringed by high ridges. Also known as Chi Chi Harbor.
Used by the Japanese during the war as an anchorage and seaplane operating area.
American missions against Chi Chi Jima
August 12, 1944 - June 4, 1945
William Alderfer, USS Sperry recalls:
“I was aboard the USS Sperry AS-12 sub tender back in 1952, we set up a sub base there for about a week. Our subs would come there and get Supplies. I went ashore and found things and places you would never think this island could have. You could travel though the mountains in tunnels, and see all the gun in placement. There were old torpedo laying on the ground. We found a cave full of gasoline, maybe 500 55 gallon drums. There were about 50 natives living there and grew bananas. The marines were defusing the island. There was a ship in the harbor with the side shot out. There was an airplane wing laying on the beach, it was from a bomber from the US. [Photo Archive].”
Bill Marks, USS Toleda
"Our ship visited the Bonin Islands about 1952. About 10 of us
went on a swimming party just to get off the ship for a while. There
was a ship with a large hole in the side about 500 hundred feet from
the beach [Hinko Maru]. I attempted to swim out to the ship, but turned
back because of sharks. There was an aircraft engine on the beach.
The prop ends were bent back as if a plane had made a wheels up landing."
Grounded June 12, 1944 and repeatedly attacked by American aircraft
TBM-1C Avenger 46214 Tail 2x
George H.W. Bush ditched September 2, 1944
SB2C-1 Helldiver 01169
Pilot Hintz crashed July 4, 1944 gunner Woellhof captured and executed August 5, 1944
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February 4, 2018