Clay Bonnyman Evans at “Bonnyman’s Bunker” on Betio, Tarawa. Alexander Bonnyman, Jr. was killed atop the bunker on Nov. 22, 1943. January 6, 2012 by Clay Bonnyman Evans 2 Comments
daniel rodriguez peña says
I’m a teacher and a scale modeller of Uruguay (South America) and I’m very
interested on the subject of Bonnyman’s Bunker, for building a diorama.
I’ve seen Norman Hatch’s movies and some pictures of the exteriors of this
huge bunker, but there’s little information about the inside of it. Of
course, I’ve seen your photograph of the inside tunnel and some others of
the western wall, now without que sand camouflage.
I want to know if you have or have you seen photos of the inside of this
bunker, and I want to ask some questions that you may kindly answer:
(i) The tunnel of your picture goes along the side of the bunker or it goes
(ii) Where are the firing openings of this bunker?
(iii) Do you have any pictures of the front of this fortification?
(iv) Do you have any diagram (or may draw it) of the bunker itself?
Thank you very much
Daniel Rodríguez Peña
Clay Bonnyman Evans says
Hello, sir. Thank you for your inquiry.
I have numerous photos of the inside and I also have a scale drawing made by the U.S. Navy following the battle in 1943.
i) The entrance tunnel runs north-south, with an opening facing south at the south end, and another facing east at the north end
ii) The bunker was in fact designed to house a power generator, and does not actually have formal firing apertures. There are a few openings but they were for ventilation and other purposes.
iii) I have photos of the front of the bunker today, but I don’t believe I have anything from the time of the battle
iv) I do have a drawing from after the battle.
Please write me at email@example.com to continue the conversation. Also, I would like to know more about your interest and how you know of Bonnyman’s Bunker.
Thank you again for writing.