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Wotje Island - Zamperini and Phillips Sight Land

Wotje Island - Zamperini and Phillips Sight Land American History Biographies Geography World War II Tragedies and Triumphs

After drifting in a life rife for 47 days, Louis Zamperini and Russell Allen Phillips ("Phil") sighted land.  After traveling about 2,000 miles, they had reached Wotje, one of the Marshall Islands. 

Louie had predicted they would make landfall there:

...the boat dropped anchor at Wotje, an island in - just as I'd predicted - the Marshall group.  The idea that we'd actually drifted about two thousand miles and survived was mind-boggling.  (Zamperini, Devil at My Heels, page 118.)

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Media Credits

Map of the Marshall and Gilbert Islands, from Army Air Forces in World War II, Vol. IV - The Pacific: Guadalcanal to Saipan, August 1942 to July 1944 - edited by Wesley Frank Craven and James Lea Cate.  See page 285.

 

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