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    Ngesebus Island (Ingesebus) Peleliu State Palau (Republic of Palau, Belau, Pelew)
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USAAF July 25, 1944

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USMC Sept 28, 1944
Location
Ngesebus Island is located in Peleliu State in Palau. Also spelled "Ingesebus". Fringed by a shallow coral reef. At the center of the southern shore was a long causeway connecting to Akarakoro Point on the northern tip of Peleliu Island. At the eastern end connected by a short causeway is Kongauru Island.

Prewar
At the center of the southern coast of Ngesebus Island was a long wooden causeway over the shallow coral reef that connected to Akarakoro Point on the northern tip of Peleliu Island. Another short causeway connected to Kongauru Island

Wartime History
By September 1944, an estimated 950 Imperial Japanese Navy (IJN) personnel were based on Ngesebus tasked with building Ngesebus Airfield for use as an auxiliary runway. By late August 1944 detected and bombed by American aircraft. By late September 1944, the airfield was not yet completed and was never used.

American missions against Ngesebus (Ingesebus)
August 29, 1944–September 29, 1944

On September 28, 1944 a small force of U. S. Marines embarked Amtracks on the northern tip of Peleliu Island and made an amphibious landing on the southern coast of Ngesebus Island. Ashore, they face light opposition and by the next day had secured the entire island.

Ngesebus Airfield (Ingesebus)
Construction was begun by the Japanese. captured by USMC in late September 1944

References
History of the U. S. Marine Corps Operations in World War II - Western Pacific Operations Chapter 6 Securing the North: 23-30 September pages 189, 202, 203 (map), 205-212, 213 (photos), 214, 215 (map)

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October 23, 2019

 

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