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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.
Mili Atoll was considered part of the Caroline Islands. After World War I, administered as part of the South Pacific Mandate by Japan.
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
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)
P-39Q Airacobra 42-19469
B-25D Mitchell 41-30613
SBD-5 Dauntless 36540
Jan 19, 1944
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