The Battle Of Wake Island #1 by AliceFromLake ()
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While the attack on Pear Harbor was running Mitsubishi G3M3 bombers took off from Palau to bomb Wake. On 8 December, just hours after receiving word of the attack on Pearl Harbor (Wake being on the opposite side of the International Date Line), 36 Japanese Mitsubishi G3M3 medium bombers attacked Wake Island, destroying eight of the 12 F4F-3 Wildcats on the ground. Of the 55 Marine aviation personnel, 23 were killed and 11 were wounded. The four lucky Wildcats were on patrol in the air but couldn't see the attacking bombers in time because of bad visibility.
More attacks followed for the next two weeks. Every day to the same time like a clockwork. 8 enemy aircraft were shoot down before the last of the four surviving Wildcats was destroyed. The main camp was targeted on 9 December, destroying the civilian hospital and the Pan Am air facility. The next day, enemy bombers focused on outlying Wilkes Island. Following the raid on 9 December, the guns had been relocated in case the Japanese had photographed the positions. A lucky strike on a civilian dynamite supply set off a chain reaction and destroyed the munitions for the guns on Wilkes. To be continued...
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steelrazer () 1:17PM | Fri, 12 June 2020
It looks like this will be a great series! Terrific work on this and a good point of view for the action of the narrative. Nice work!