Engebi Island is located at the northern tip of Enewetak Atoll. During the Pacific War, code
named 'Fraggile' by Americans.
On February 17, 1944 Engebi Airfield was heavily bombarded. On February 18, 1944 American forces made an amphibious landing at Engebi. After a six hour battle, most of the island was secure. An infamous photograph
of a burning Japanese soldier crawling out of a hole was taken
by an unknown photographer during the battle. Engebi was officially declared secure on February 22, 1944.
Engebi Airfield (Wrigley Airfield)
Built by the Japanese, occupied and expanded by Americans
An aviation-gasoline tank farm,
with a capacity of 146,000 gallons and all appurtenances, was
also erected on Engebi.
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August 25, 2018