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    Funafuti Atoll (Funifuti)  Tuvalu (Ellice Islands)

Location
Funafuti Atoll is comprised of twenty islands surrounding Funafuti Lagoon in Tuvalu (Ellice Islands). Sometimes misspelled "Funifuti" in wartime accounts.

Wartime History
On October 2, 1942 eleven U. S. Navy (USN) warships arrived off Funafuti.

Fongafale Island
Largest island in the Funafuti Atoll, located on the eastern edge of the lagoon including Funafuti Airfield and Funafuti Seaplane Base.

Funafuti Lagoon
Largest lagoon in Tuvalu measuring 11 miles long and 9 miles wide. On October 2, 1943 forty-three U. S. Navy (USN) ships entered the lagoon and developed into an anchorage and staging area. During January 1944, there were 174 ships in the lagoon, the greatest American presence during the war.

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Last Updated
June 15, 2019

 

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