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    Tol Island Chuuk State (Truk) Federated States of Micronesia
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Dick Williams 1982

Location
Tol Island is located at the western center of Truk Lagoon in Chuuk State (Truk) in the Federated States of Micronesia. To the west are Polle Island and Pata Island. To the north is Ulalu Island. To the east is Udot Island.

Wartime History
During the Pacific War, roughly 6,200 Japanese were stationed on Tol Island, most civilians working for the 4th Naval Construction unit. A thousand men of the 41st and 43 Naval Guard Units were here too. Kaiten torpedoes, a torpedo boat station, observation tower, two search lights and several gun and mortar emplacements defended the island.

American missions against Tol Island
September 25, 1944 - May 23, 1945

September 25, 1944
(7th AF) During the night of 25/26 September Kwajalein based B-24s stage through Eniwetok on a strike at shipping at Truk; failing to locate the primary targets the B-24s bomb Tol and other targets.

May 2, 1945
(7th AF) During the night of 2/3 May, nine B-24s make individual harassment bombings on Tol and other targets.

May 23, 1945
(7th AF) 32 P-47s from Saipan strafe boats off Tol.

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Last Updated
January 11, 2018

 

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