January 26, 1943
(7th AF) B-24s, taking off
from Funafuti fly a photographic reconnaissance missions over
Tarawa. Heavy bombers attack merchant
vessels in the lagoon at Tarawa.
September 19, 1943
(7th AF) 20 B-24's, out of Funafuti
and Canton, bomb Tarawa Atoll and Abemama and obtain photo
coverage of Betio. 1 B-24 is lost to interceptors.
November 19, 1943
(7th AF) B-24's from Ellice
bases hit Tarawa
November 20, 1943
(USMC) Lands on Tarawa (Betio)