Carlson’s Marine Raiders: Makin Island 1942 by Gordon L. Rottman

By Gordon L. Rottman

В ночь на 17-18 августа 1942 года, 211 бойцов 2-го батальона морской пехоты США провели дерзкую десантную вылазку на оккупированный японцами остров Макин

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The submarine had to be able to submerge in three minutes. ” Marines were detailed to kitchen-police duty, cleaning heads, and other ship’s chores. On August 14 they were within patrol-aircraft range of the Japanese-held islands. The Nautilus’ radar detected an aircraft and subsequently it remained submerged most of the day. The officers led reviews of each element’s plans in small groups. The Raiders were organized into 11-man boat teams, the odd-numbered teams to launch from port and the even-numbered from starboard.

The Navy task-group commander could order Carlson to return to the submarines if it was deemed necessary for them to depart. The Navy commander promised Carlson that they would not depart without making every effort to recover all the Raiders. He also said that if they were forced to depart the immediate area because of enemy air or surface-ship activity they would return as soon as possible. The submarines would not remain surfaced the entire time the Raiders were ashore; they would submerge if aircraft approached.

At 1255 the Nautilus detected 12 radar contacts barreling in from the north. At 0120 two four-engine Kawanishi H8K1 Type 2 “Emily” flying boats, four Kawanishi E7K1 Type 94 “Alf” reconnaissance floatplanes, four Mitsubishi A6M Type 0 “Zero” or “Archie” fighters, and two more Nakajima E6N2 Type 95 floatplanes blitzed the island, dropping mostly 30kg bombs and strafing for an hour and a quarter. The Raiders sheltered behind palms and in taro pits. The attack rattled the Raiders, but they suffered only a few wounded.

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