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    Mili Atoll (Mille Atoll)  Marshall Islands
Location
Lat 6° 7' 60N Long 171° 55' 0E  Mili Atoll is located in the Marshall Islands. Also known as "Mille Atoll". At the center is a lagoon. Mili Atoll has the second largest land area (second only to Kwajalein) in the Marshall Islands. To the north is Majuro Atoll to the southeast is Knox Atoll and to the west is Jaluit Atoll.

Mili Atoll includes: Enkor Island, Ennanlik Island, Ennanlik Channel, Northeast Passage, Buruon Island, Namake Island, Chirubon Island, Klee Pass, Lukunor Island, Enajet Island, Arbar Island, Mille Island (Mili), Madagai Island, Garu Island, Alu Island, Tokowa Island, Tokowa Channel, Port Rhin, Burrh Island, Jobenor Island, Reiher Pass. To the southeast is Knox Island.

Prewar
Mili Atoll was considered part of the Caroline Islands.

After World War I, administered as part of the South Pacific Mandate by Japan.

Wartime History
Mili Atoll was occupied by the Japanese for the duration of the Pacific War. By late 1943, supply lines to Mili were cut off, and the Japanese garrison was left to starve. Over eighteen months, Mili was the target of US aircraft. The garrison of 5,100 Japanese (2,600 Navy and 2,500 Army,) only 2,500 (50%) survived. Casualties occurred from air raids, diseases, accidents, and suicides, but mainly from starvation.

American missions against Mili Atoll
June 17, 1943 - August 30, 1944

On August 22, 1945, the Japanese garrison on Mili was the Pacific island to surrender, eleven days before the formal surrender of Japan.

Mili Island (Mille)
Located in the southwest corner of the atoll includes Mili Airfield

P-39Q Airacobra 42-19469
Pilot Empey crashed January 16, 1944
crashed two to three miles west of Mili Island

B-25D Mitchell 41-30613
Pilot Johnston Shot down January 19, 1944
crashed to the east of Mili Island, wreckage known

SBD-5 Dauntless 36540
Pilot Sparrow MIA March 18, 1944

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Last Updated
January 24, 2019

 

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