Communications Tower Wreckage

This is all that remained of the Japanese military radio antenna used during WW II for intercepting U.S. military broadcasts and reporting on planned air strikes. In 1944 a 20 year old naval aviator flying an Avenger aircraft assigned to the carrier USS San Jacinto, dropped four 500 pound bombs on the radio facility, knocking out transmission capability. During the approach to its target, the Avenger was hit by anti-aircraft fire and crashed at sea. Unfortunately, two crewmen were killed but the pilot survived and was rescued by the U.S. submarine Finback. Many years later that pilot went on to become president of the United States. He is George Bush. The island in background is Ani Jima.