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    Kwajalein Atoll  Marshall Islands
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Peter Ording 2001
Location
Lat 9° 4' 60N Long 167° 19' 60E  Kwajalein Atoll has a northern atoll and sothern atoll including Kwajalein IslandRoi-NamurEbeyeEllerShell (Ebwaj)BigelGehhGugegweMelluObella and Ennuemennet.

Wartime History
Developed by the Japanese Navy as a Naval anchorage and seaplane operating area. Attacked by United States aircraft during 1942 until January 1944. 

American missions against Kwajalein Atoll
February 1, 1942 - January 28, 1944

During "Operation Flintlock" Kwajalein came under heavy air attack by U. S. Navy aircraft and ships. On January 31, 1944 U. S. Marines landed on the Kwajalein Island. By February 4, 1944 Kwajalein was liberated. Immediately, the island was developed into a major American base and staging area

Today
The Kwajalein Atoll area is used by the US military bases for radar and tracking. The signs of WWII on land are almost all but erased, but underwater there are many shipwrecks and some aircraft wrecks that are popular dive sites.

Northern Atoll

RO-60 Eiko Maru No. 2 Kembu Maru Takunan Maru No. 7

Southern Atoll
Akibaasan Asakaze Maru Choko Maru Ikuta Maru
DR Wreck Ski Area Wreck Shoei Maru Prinz Eugen
South Pass Ski Area Dolphin Small Wrecks Concrete Barge
N-Bouy Wreck Tateyama Maru O-Bouy G-Bouy Wreck
N-East Wreck Shinsho Maru

PV-1 Ventura
Ditched on the west reef, discovered 1967.

OS2U Kingfisher
MIA February 1, 1944

OS2U Kingfisher
MIA February 1, 1944

C-47 Dakota
Crashed July 23, 1944

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Last Updated
August 3, 2018

 

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