Saturday, June 29, 2013

Wotje Island

Yesterday, I was writing about the USS Northampton and mentioned that it had shelled Wotje Island.  Never heard of it, so looked it up.

Wotje Island is actually a 75-island atoll in the Marshall Islands in the Pacific Ocean.  It was claimed by Germany in 1884 and turned over to Japan after World War I.  They developed it into a major seaplane base.  It was heavily fortified in the years leading up to World War II.

Wikipedia mentioned that the only bombing of Hawaii after Peral Harbor was carried out by seaplanes from Wotje.  I'd never heard of it being bombed again so will have to find out about this as well.

From mid-1943 Wotje came under a continued attack by U.S. Navy carrier based aircraft.

Many World War II artifacts remain on the island.

Oh, That Wotje.  --GreGen

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