National Geographic : 1945 Feb
On the Battle-torn Sands of Tarawa Stands This Memorial to British SubjectsMurdered bythe Japs On October 15, 1942, following a bombing raid on Betio by United States Air Forces, the jittery Japanese shot 22 persons they had captured when theatoll was first oc cupied. In background nest twin-mount 130-mm . Japanese-designed guns, set up to guard the sea approach. A similar battery stood onthefoundation atleft.