5° 40' 0S Long 176° 7' 60E The island has a large
lagoon in the northwest corner, and borders the smaller islands
and a number of smaller islands inside the coral area. Nanumea
is 295 miles from Funafuti, and accessible only by sea.
Elements of the 7th USAAF and a battalion of Seabees, from by the USN
Carriers Independence and Princeton, occupied Nanumea between 18 and
28 August 1943. USMC occupied Nanumea, in August, 1943. When US forces
arrived, the islanders were told to move to Lakena.
Japanese Air Raids
Several Japanese air raids from Kiribati targeted Nanumea. In August
1943 the ship John Williams was attacked while it was unloading supplies
Completed by US Navy Seabees in October 1943. Used as a fighter and bomber base.
Much surplus wartime equipment
was dumped into the lagoon. There is the wreckage of serval US landing
of John Williams
The wrecked American cargo ship, near the main settlement on the island.
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August 25, 2018