THE BATTLE FOR NAURU
This Web site details a raid made by the Seventh Air Force Command of the United States Air Force stationed in Hawaii on the Japanese occupied island of Nauru during World War 2. The plane first proceeded to the island of Funafuti some 900 miles from Nauru where the U.S. had established a base. Two days after arriving in Funafuti, the raid on Nauru was undertaken and was successful beyond all expectations. The Japanese Phosphate Manufacturing Plant had been completely destroyed and it would be many months before the Japanese could restore their destroyed machinery involved in the refining of the phosphates. The following day, the Japanese retaliated by attacking the U.S. base on Funafuti on two occasions and two U.S. bombers were destroyed.
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The information on this Web site had been prepared using material contained in the war time correspondence between Major General Willis H. Hale, commanding 7th Air Force, stationed in Hawaii and General Henry H. Arnold, Chief of the Army Air Forces.