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    Emiej Island (Imeji, Emidj) Jaluit Atoll Marshall Islands

Located
Located 30 minutes by boat from Jabor, Jaluit Atoll. Wartime American spelling was "Emidj". Also spelled "Imeji".

Wartime History
Occupied by the Japanese for the duration of the war. At its height, a garrison of 2,200 occupied the island.

Emiej was bombed by American aircraft over twenty months, including carrier aircraft and land based bombers when Kwajalein and Majuro were occupied. Once netralized, the island was a "milk run" target for crews on practice bombing missions.

American missions against Emidj
February 1, 1942 - October 6, 1944

Despite the tonage of bombs dropped, of 837 Japanese killed on the island, only 381 were due to bombing, the rest were starvation and disease. During the war, the garrison mannaged to fish, raise pigs and cultivate gardens.

Prior to surrender, the Japanese commander, Rear-Admiral Nisuke Masuda asked the local chief's premission to allow his men to remain on the island after the war (they declined).

When the garrison of 2,000 surrendered, Masuda committed suicide on September 2, 1945 before his scheduled trial appearance for ordering the deaths of three US aviators captured in 1943. In his suicide note, he admitted to the killings.

Today
Since the war, the island has reverted, and is one of the best preserved wartime locations in the Marshall Islands. There is no electricity on the island, but it is possible to walk around the island in a day.

Emiej Seaplane Base (Imeji)
Japanese seaplane base, disused since the war

H8K2 Emily
Sunk off the seaplane base

H8K2 Emily
Sunk off the seaplane base

TBD-1 Devastator Bureau Number 1515 Tail 5-T-6
Pilot Hein ditched February 1, 1942

TBD-1 Devastator Bureau Number 0298
Pilot Johnson ditched February 1, 1942

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Last Updated
February 4, 2018

 

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