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June 1943
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TUESDAY, 1 JUNE 1943

AMERICAN THEATER OF OPERATIONS (Eleventh Air Force) In the Aleutian Islands, 2 P-40's, 1 B-24, and 1 F-5A fly weather reconnaissance and photo runs and 8 B-25's, 18 P-38's, and 20 P-40's, fly 7 attack missions to Kiska. Targets include parked aircraft and installations, runway, gun positions, radar, and tents on South Head, North Head, Gertrude Cove and Main Camp. The 36th Bombardment Squadron (Heavy), 28th Composite Group, based on Amchitka begins operating from Adak with B-24's. During Jun 43, the 73d Bombardment Squadron (Medium), 28th Composite Group transfers from Umnak to Amchitka with B-25's.

CHINA (Fourteenth Air Force) 20 P-40's dive-bomb warehouses and railroad yards at Changanyi, China.

SOUTH PACIFIC THEATER OF OPERATIONS (Thirteenth Air Force) During Jun 43, the 67th Fighter Squadron, 347th Fighter Group which has been operating from Guadalcanal with P-39's since Jan 43, returns to it's base on New Caledonia.

SOUTHWEST PACIFIC THEATER OF OPERATIONS (Fifth Air Force) B-25's hit Bogadjim and vicinity. B-24's bomb Lae Airfield and nearby area. Lost is B-17E "Texas #6" 41-9207 on a recon mission. Force landed is P-40K "Vera".

USN: Lost in a mid-air collision is F4U 02499.

WEDNESDAY, 2 JUNE 1943

CHINA (Fourteenth Air Force) In China, 5 B-25's, escorted by 10 P-4O's, bomb Pailochi Airfield. 18 P-40's strafe troop barges and launches at Itu and 6 long columns of troops E of Changyang.

SOUTH PACIFIC THEATER OF OPERATIONS (Thirteenth Air Force) Two B-24's on armed reconnaissance attack gun positions, cargo boats, and shipping at Numa Numa and Tinputs.

SOUTHWEST PACIFIC THEATER OF OPERATIONS (Fifth Air Force) B-17's and B-24's bomb airfields at Wewak, Boram, Dagua Airfield, and But. Isolated shipping strikes result in little damage to vessels and barges. Lost is P-38 Lightning piloted by Yeager.

NEIAF - Lost on an attack against Japanese shipping is B-25C N5-150.

USN - Lost on a search mission is SBD 10697.

THURSDAY, 3 JUNE 1943

ALASKA (Eleventh Air Force) Weathered out from Kiska, three weather missions flown by two B-24's and two P-40's, as well as two attack missions by two B-24's and six fighters.

SOUTH PACIFIC THEATER OF OPERATIONS (Thirteenth Air Force) During the night of 3/4 Jun, B-17's bomb Kahili Airfield and the Moliko River area. B-24's attack small vessels at Tinputs and Teop sinking 1 and firing the other.

SOUTHWEST PACIFIC THEATER OF OPERATIONS (Fifth Air Force) B-24's bomb a supply dump area at Dobo, New Guinea. Other targets attacked in the Netherland East Indies suffer little damage.

FRIDAY, 4 JUNE 1943

ALASKA (Eleventh Air Force) In the Aleutian Islands, 6 B-24's following a Navy PV make a radar-bombing run over North Head on Kiska. 14 P-40's and P-38's bomb North Head, Main Camp on Kiska and Little Kiska. 4 P-38's and 1 B-24 flying air cover over Attu make no enemy contact. The 404th Bombardment Squadron (Heavy), 28th Composite Group based on Adak begins operating from Amchitka with B-24's.

SOUTHWEST PACIFIC THEATER OF OPERATIONS (Fifth Air Force) B-17's and B-24's bomb airfields at Boram, Wewak and Dagua Airfield. B-25's hit Koepang and Lautem.

SATURDAY, 5 JUNE 1943

(Eleventh Air Force) Seven B-24's, six B-25's, and six P-40's fly weather reconnaissance and radar-bombing missions over Kiska, being handicapped by poor weather and mechanical trouble.

CHINA (Fourteenth Air Force) In China, P-40's strafe troop columns near Peiyang and hit a barge and boat NW of Yoyang.

SOUTH PACIFIC THEATER OF OPERATIONS (Thirteenth Air Force) In the early morning, a formation of B-17s bombed Japanese installations at Kahili and the Buin area in conjunction with a USN raid. The 394th Bombardment Squadron (Heavy), 5th Bombardment Group (Heavy) which has been operating from Guadalcanal with B-24's since 25 Apr 43 returns to it's base on Fiji. Lost is P-40F 41-19838.

USN: A formation of SBD Dauntless dive bombers and TBF Avenger torpedo bombers, escorted by P-40 Warhawk, F4U Corsair and P-38 Lightnings, attacked a Japanese destroyer, a corvette and a cargo vessel in the southern Bougainville area. Several large-calibre bomb hits were scored on the destroyer which undoubtedly sank. The corvette and the cargo vessel were set on fire. In the above action the U. S. attacking planes were engaged by a large force of Japanese Zero fighters. U. S. pilots claim 15 Zeros shot down and 3 damaged. Lost are: PBY 08078, SBD-3 06520, SBD-3 06524, SBD 06683 and F4U 02499 VMF-112 (lost over Russells).

SOUTHWEST PACIFIC THEATER OF OPERATIONS (Fifth Air Force) HQ 345th Bombardment Group (Medium) and it's 498th, 499th, 500th and 501st Bombardment Squadrons (Medium) arrive with B-25's at Port Moresby from the US. The group will fly it's first mission on 21 Jun. Lost on a reconassance mission over New Britain is F5A Lightning 42-13073 (pilot later rescued).

USN - F4U Corsair 430605 sufferes a wheels up landing.

SUNDAY, 6 JUNE 1943

CHINA (Fourteenth Air Force) In China, 5 P-40's strafe trucks, barracks, and personnel at Tangyang; at least 15 trucks are burned and considerable damage is done to the barracks area. 11 P-40's hit the approaches to a bridge at Puchi; 2 locomotives in the area are destroyed. 10 other P-40's attack Shasi Airfield and hit river shipping; in the general area. 7 B-25's bomb the airfield at Pailochi.

SOUTH PACIFIC THEATER OF OPERATIONS (Thirteenth Air Force) P-38's, P-40's, and Navy and Marine fighters and dive bombers attack shipping off Buin scoring damaging hits on a destroyer and two smaller vessels; Fifteen Japanese airplanes are claimed shot down. Other P-38's and P-40's strafe the Luti Bay area of Choiseul. HQ 42d Bombardment Group (Medium) transfers from Fiji to Guadalcanal.

SOUTHWEST PACIFIC THEATER OF OPERATIONS (Fifth Air Force) B-24's hit the town of Koepang and Penfoei Airfield.

MONDAY, 7 JUNE 1943

SOUTH PACIFIC THEATER OF OPERATIONS (Thirteenth Air Force) P-38's and P-40's, along with Royal New Zealand Air Force (RNZAF) P-40's and Navy and Marine fighters, intercept a large force of fighter-escorted dive bombers on a mission against Allied shipping off Guadalcanal. Fighters from the newly-opened Banika Island bases initiate the interception. A running fight develops and extends down to Guadalcanal. More than 20 Japanese aircraft are downed; 9 Allied fighters are lost but all the pilots are recovered. Some of the Zeros were performing glide bombing attacks.

SOUTHWEST PACIFIC THEATER OF OPERATIONS (Fifth Air Force) B-17's and B-24's attack Wewak, Lae, Madang, and Kesup hitting town areas and airfields, and strafe sampans on the Sepik River.

TUESDAY, 8 JUNE 1943

ALASKA (Eleventh Air Force) A C-47 is the first USAAF airplane to land on Attu, landing fighters crews at Attu Airfield. All other flying is cancelled due to weather.

CHINA (Fourteenth Air Force) Seven B-24's and 6 B-25's, with P-40 escorts, are dispatched to bomb shipping and dock installations at Haiphong. Bad weather prevents striking the primary targets; alternates, including Hongay shipping, rail yard, and power facilities, Gia Lam Airfield, and warehouses east of Hanoi are bombed. P-40's bomb and strafe Japanese HQ at Tatung, China barracks E of Lamaing, Burma on the Salween River, and a camp N of Lungling, China.

SOUTH PACIFIC THEATER OF OPERATIONS (Thirteenth Air Force) B-24's on armed reconnaissance bomb Kahili Airfield and Ballale.

SOUTHWEST PACIFIC THEATER OF OPERATIONS (Fifth Air Force) B-25's bomb Koepang and hit the area southeast of Dili. B-24's unsuccessfully attack shipping at Waingapoe, in the Sunda Islands and off Wewak.

WEDNESDAY, 9 JUNE 1943

CHINA (Fourteenth Air Force) 6 P-4O's damage a railroad bridge at Puchi, China and strafe nearby railroad yards.

SOUTH PACIFIC THEATER OF OPERATIONS (Thirteenth Air Force) B-24's on reconnaissance attack a small vessel WNW of Cape Henpan. B-17's, P-40's, and P-38's' pound at Munda Airfield and Vila Airfield. Lost is B-17E "Madame X" 41-2525 (MIA).

SOUTHWEST PACIFIC THEATER OF OPERATIONS (Fifth Air Force) Two B-24's bomb the town area of Manokwari and Nabire Airfield. A lone B-17 bombs Unea Island. Crash landed is B-24D "Scorpion" 41-24073.

THURSDAY, 10 JUNE 1943

AMERICAN THEATER OF OPERATIONS (Eleventh Air Force) Seven B-24's, 8 B-25's, 12 P-40's, and 2 F-5A's fly weather reconnaissance, attack, and photo missions to Kiska and Little Kiska. Targets include gun batteries, runway, North Head and Main Camp.

CHINA (Fourteenth Air Force) In China, 9 P-40's on armed reconnaissance strafe 10 barges and a gunboat at Chienli; 1 barge is set aflame. Ten P-40's intercept about 25 airplanes over Hengyang; 1 enemy bomber is shot down.

SOUTH PACIFIC THEATER OF OPERATIONS (Thirteenth Air Force) P-38's and Navy fighters claim four aircraft downed off the northern tip of Malaita Island. B-17's and B-24's pound Kahili Airfield twice during the day.

SOUTHWEST PACIFIC THEATER OF OPERATIONS (Fifth Air Force) More than 20 B-17's and B-24's pound airfields in the Rabaul area. A single B-24 bombs the town of Sorong and shipping at Kokas.

FRIDAY, 11 JUNE 1943

ALASKA (Eleventh Air Force) Seven B-24's, 8 B-25's, 10 P-40's, 4 P-38's, and 2 F-5A's fly weather, photo, reconnaissance, and attack missions to Kiska. Main targets are Gertrude Cove and Main Camp, South Head, North Head, runway, and offshore barges. Fighter bombing and strafing, and subsequent bomber runs over emplacements, are effectively coordinated.

CHINA (Fourteenth Air Force) Eight P-40's hit a camp on the Salween River, trucks at Mangshih, and warehouses at Tungling, China.

SOUTHWEST PACIFIC THEATER OF OPERATIONS (Fifth Air Force) B-24's again bomb the airfield at Rabaul and hit targets of opportunity at Gasmata and along the shore of Keravia Bay. B-25's pound areas along Huon Gulf coast, hitting Kela Point, Salamaua and the bridge at Nuk Nuk. P-40's strafe a submarine off Cape Nelson. Koepang is thoroughly blasted by B-24's while Penfoei Airfield and Dili Airfield are hit by light B-25 attacks. The 432d Fighter Squadron, 475th Fighter Group transfers with P-38's from Charters Towers to Amberley Field. Lost are B-24D "Care Less" 42-40500 and B-24D "The Leila Belle" 42-40527.

USN: Ditched is SBD 2106.

SATURDAY, 12 JUNE 1943

AMERICAN THEATER OF OPERATIONS (Eleventh Air Force) A detachment of the 344th Fighter Squadron, 343d Fighter Group based at Ft Glenn begins operating from Attu Airfield with P-40's

SOUTH PACIFIC THEATER OF OPERATIONS (Thirteenth Air Force) USAAF fighters, along with Royal New Zealand Air Force (RNZAF), US Navy, and US Marine Corps fighters, claim over 30 aircraft shot down during the interception of an enemy strike on Guadalcanal Island, Solomon Islands. 8 Allied fighters are lost, including four F4Fs, one F4U and one RNZAF P-40 (pilot KIA). Two B-24s on reconnaissance over Buka shoot down a G4M1 Betty.

SOUTHWEST PACIFIC THEATER OF OPERATIONS (Fifth Air Force) B-24's hit runways Nabire Airfield and Kaimana Airfield; a lone B-25 bombs and strafes barges S of Langemak Bay. Dick Bong gets his 11th kill when he downs an Oscar.

RAAF: Hudson A16-186 crashed after a test flight

SUNDAY, 13 JUNE 1943

BURMA-INDIA (Tenth Air Force) Nine B-25's attack the Meza railway bridge on the Mandalay-Myitkyina line, causing minor damage.

CHINA (Fourteenth Air Force) 11 B-25's supported by 14 P-40's, bomb hangars and the depot area at Nanchang Airfield.

SOUTH PACIFIC THEATER OF OPERATIONS (Thirteenth Air Force) B-24's and B-17's again bomb Kahili Airfield. The 371st and 372d Bombardment Squadrons (Heavy), 307th Bombardment Group transfers from Kahuku and Hickam Field respectively to Espiritu Santo with B-24's.

SOUTHWEST PACIFIC THEATER OF OPERATIONS (Fifth Air Force) B-17's and B-24's bomb airfields in the Rabaul area and at Gasmata. Lost to J1N1 night fighter is B-17F "Georgia Peach" 41-24454. B-25's hit Dili and Koepang and bomb and strafe barges off the Huon Peninsula, at Jacob Island, off Cape Gerhards, and south of Cape Cretin, New Guinea. Single B-24's bomb Lahang Airfield and attack a freighter in Humboldt Bay, both in New Guinea.

MONDAY, 14 JUNE 1943

CENTRAL PACIFIC THEATER OF OPERATIONS (Seventh Air Force) One B-24 from Funafuti Atoll, Ellice Islands bombs the runways at Tarawa Atoll, Gilbert Islands.

CHINA (Fourteenth Air Force) Eight P-40's intercept about 8 bombers and 20 fighters 25 mi (40 km) SW of Nanchang. The P-40's claim 7 fighters shot down.

SOUTH PACIFIC THEATER OF OPERATIONS (Thirteenth Air Force) 18 B-25's, escorted by F4U's, hit Vila Airfield. 11 B-17's and B-24's bomb Kahili Airfield and hit nearby Shortland.

SOUTHWEST PACIFIC THEATER OF OPERATIONS (Fifth Air Force) A single B-24 bombs Lakunai Airfield. Crashed on take off is B-17E "The Jersey Skeeter" 41-2664. Lost on a ferry flight is B-17C 'Pamela / Miss E.M.F." 40-2072 with 40 KIA, 1 survivor.

IJN - Shot down over Guadalcanal is G4M1 Betty 1570.

TUESDAY, 15 JUNE 1943

BURMA-INDIA (Tenth Air Force) B-25's score 2 direct hits on the bridge at Myitnge, Burma.

CHINA (Fourteenth Air Force) Ten B-25's, escorted by 12 P-40's, support Chinese ground forces by bombing positions at Owchihkow, China.

SOUTH PACIFIC THEATER OF OPERATIONS (Thirteenth Air Force) B-24's bomb Ballale Airfield.

SOUTHWEST PACIFIC THEATER OF OPERATIONS (Fifth Air Force) B-24's bomb airfields at Rabaul in predawn strikes and hit Kendari Airfield in the evening. In New Guinea, a single B-25 attacks a power boat in Hanisch Harbor and strafes a beach near Finschhafen. Lost is B-24D "Kathy" 42-40517.

WEDNESDAY, 16 JUNE 1943

SOUTH PACIFIC THEATER OF OPERATIONS (Thirteenth Air Force) Search aircraft report nearly 250 Japanese airplanes at Rabaul and other airfields jammed with aircraft. In air action in the Solomons, about 120 Japanese aircraft converging on Allied vessels off Tulagi and Guadalcanal are met by more than 100 Allied fighters (USAAF, Royal New Zealand Air Force, US Navy and US Marine Corps). The skies over Savo and Tulagi, and Cape Esperance and Koli Point are filled with dogfights and flak from ship and ground guns. The battle results in the largest single-day Allied aerial victory of the Solomon Islands campaign; 79 airplanes are claimed shot down by Allied fighters, and AA claims 17 more; 6 Allied fighters are lost. The Japanese succeed in damaging 3 ships (2 of which have to be beached) and cause considerable destruction on Guadalcanal. Lost is B-24D 42-40250.

USN: Lost is SOC Seagull 1184 and TBF Avenger 47448 (rescued).

SOUTHWEST PACIFIC THEATER OF OPERATIONS (Fifth Air Force) B-25's bomb Koepang and Oeikoesi on Timor and, along with A-20's, hit barges and shore targets at several points along the coasts of NE New Guinea and New Britain Island in the Bismarck Archipelago. B-17E "Lucy" 41-2666 on a photo reconassiance mission over over Buka and Bougainville, two crew members earned the Medal of Honor.

THURSDAY, 17 JUNE 1943

CENTRAL PACIFIC THEATER OF OPERATIONS (Seventh Air Force) During the night of 17/18 Jun, 4 B-24's take off from Funafuti Atoll, Ellice Islands at 2-hour intervals to bomb Tarawa Atoll in the Gilbert Islands. One aborts and another fails to find the target. The 2 heavy bombers bombing the target hit runways, silence an AA battery, and blow up an ammunition dump. The raid is a diversion in support of the first night photo-reconnaissance mission by the VII Bomber Command, during which 3 B-24's photograph Mille Atoll and nearby waters in the Marshall Islands.

CHINA (Fourteenth Air Force) P-40's strafe a warehouse and train south of Chiuchiang and a train north of Nanchang. Road traffic east of Hanoi is also attacked.

SOUTHWEST PACIFIC THEATER OF OPERATIONS (Fifth Air Force) B-25's administer a thorough pounding to the Madang and Salamaua areas. B-24's bomb Sorong and Boela. A single B-24 bombs Cape Gloucester Airfield and, during the night of 17/18 Jun, a B-25 attacks power launches nearby, sinking 1 and badly damaging 2 more. The 433d Fighter Squadron, 475th Fighter Group transfers with P-38's from Charters Towers to Amberley Field.

IJN: Crashed is G4M1 Betty piloted by Yokokawa (POW).

FRIDAY, 18 JUNE 1943

CENTRAL PACIFIC THEATER OF OPERATIONS (Seventh Air Force) The 58th Bombardment Squadron (Dive), Seventh Air Force begins a movement from Wheeler Field to Canton with A-24s.

SOUTH PACIFIC THEATER OF OPERATIONS (Thirteenth Air Force) B-24's bomb Kahili Airfield while B-25's hit Ballale and strafe barges in Wilson Strait.

SOUTHWEST PACIFIC THEATER OF OPERATIONS (Fifth Air Force) B-25's bomb and strafe power launches off Cape Gloucester and Finschhafen, sinking 1 and damaging 2 near the Cape. A single B-17 bombs Unea Island, while an A-20 on armed reconnaissance during the night of 18/19 June bomb and strafes Salamaua and nearby coastal areas.

IJN: Lost is I-178.

SATURDAY, 19 JUNE 1943

CENTRAL PACIFIC THEATER OF OPERATIONS (Seventh Air Force) During the night of 18/19 Jun, 2 B-24's fly photo reconnaissance of Jaluit Atoll in the Marshall Islands from Funafuti Atoll in the Ellice Islands.

SOUTH PACIFIC THEATER OF OPERATIONS (Thirteenth Air Force) During the night of 18/19 Jun, B-24's bomb Nauru.

SOUTHWEST PACIFIC THEATER OF OPERATIONS (Fifth Air Force) B-17's and B-24's thoroughly pound Vunakanau Airfield. A-20's hit barges in Hanisch Harbor and a trail near the village of Tamigudu, both in New Guinea. Single B-24's bomb Finschhafen, New Guinea area and the airstrip at Rapopo.

SUNDAY, 20 JUNE 1943

CENTRAL PACIFIC THEATER OF OPERATIONS (Seventh Air Force) During the night of 19/20 Jun, 3 B-24's from Funafuti Atoll in the Ellice Islands fly photo reconnaissance of Jaluit Atoll in the Marshall Islands.

SOUTH PACIFIC THEATER OF OPERATIONS (Thirteenth Air Force) P-40's join Marine and Navy airplanes in a strike against Vila Airfield. Hits are scored on the runway and dump area. B-24's blast the airfield and other targets at Kahili, and also bomb Kieta.

SOUTHWEST PACIFIC THEATER OF OPERATIONS (Fifth Air Force) B-24's bomb airstrip at Rapopo, and airfields at Keravat, and also hit Rabaul town area. A-20's pound the airfield at Lae, New Guinea. 2 B-25's and an A-20 hit Finschhafen and barges and shoreline targets along the coast of New Britain.

JAAF: Bombers and fighters attack Darwin, including Ki-49 Helen, Ki-48 Lily escorted by Ki-43 Oscar.

RAAF: Took off to intercept the Japanese air raid, lost are Spitfire A58-68, Spitfire A58-107 and Spitfire JG795.

MONDAY, 21 JUNE 1943

AMERICAN THEATER OF OPERATIONS (Eleventh Air Force) In the Aleutian Islands a fighters strip is completed at Shemya. All missions are cancelled due to weather for the tenth straight day.

CENTRAL PACIFIC THEATER OF OPERATIONS (Seventh Air Force) One B-24 carries out armed photo reconnaissance over Nonouti Island, Beru Island, and Nukunau Island in the Gilbert Islands.

CHINA (Fourteenth Air Force) In China, 7 B-25's, with escort of 8 P-40's, bomb the village of Shihshow. 8 other B-25's, supported by 9 P-40's, are dispatched to attack the Japanese-held village of Hwajung but mistakenly bomb the friendly village of Nanhsien, killing over 50 Chinese. The 11th Bombardment Squadron (Medium), 341st Bombardment Group (Medium) transfers with B-25's from Kunming to Kweilin. The squadron has detachments operating from Hengyang, Suichwan, Nanning and Lingling between Jun 43 and Jun 44.

USN - F4U piloted by Smith ditched off Midway.

SOUTHWEST PACIFIC THEATER OF OPERATIONS (Fifth Air Force) In a predawn strike B-25's bomb Koepang. A-20's bomb and strafe Lae Airfield and Lahang Airfield while B-25's blast the airfield and general area at Salamaua. A single B-24 bombs MacDonald's Junction and strafes targets of opportunity along the southern coast of Buka. Lost is B-25C "Geronimo" 41-12980.

TUESDAY, 22 JUNE 1943

AMERICAN THEATER OF OPERATIONS (Eleventh Air Force) In the Aleutian Islands, a P-40 sights a submarine 5 mi (8 km) E of Zeto Point. A B-24 then searches the area but makes no contact.

CENTRAL PACIFIC THEATER OF OPERATIONS (Seventh Air Force) Three B-24's from Canton fly photo reconnaissance of Beru Island, Nukunau Island, Tabiteuea Island, Onotoa Island, Tarawa Atoll, and Arorae Island in the Gilbert Islands, one B-24 strafes Arorae.

BURMA-INDIA (Tenth Air Force) Heavy bombers join B-25's in pounding the Ywataung, Burma marshalling yard. Monywa, Burma is also thoroughly bombed.

SOUTHWEST PACIFIC THEATER OF OPERATIONS (Fifth Air Force) B-24's bomb the Taberfane.

13th Air Force: Lost is B-25C 42-53404

USMC - Ditched into the lagoon at Midway is F4U Corsair 02326.

WEDNESDAY, 23 JUNE 1943

SOUTH PACIFIC THEATER OF OPERATIONS (Thirteenth Air Force) B-25's and Navy fighters and dive bombers hit Buki village on Buki Island.

SOUTHWEST PACIFIC THEATER OF OPERATIONS (Fifth Air Force) 17 B-24's bomb shipping, dock area, factory and residential areas of Makassar. 2 light cruisers are damaged and many buildings along Juliana Quay and in the town area are damaged or demolished. Lost due to ramming is B-24D "Pelly-Can" 41-23688. A single B-24 on armed reconnaissance bombs Lae Airfield. HQ 348th Fighter Group and it's 340th, 341st and 342d Fighter Squadrons arrive at 17 Mile Drome (Durand) from the US with P-47's.

FRIDAY, 25 JUNE 1943

ALASKA (Eleventh Air Force) Two photo and weather reconnaissance missions by two B-24's and six attack missions by 25 B-25's, 12 B-24's, and 2 P-38's hit Kiska. Targets include gun revetments at Gertrude Cove and AA batteries. The 344th Fighter Squadron, 343d Fighter Group transfers with P-40's from Ft Glenn to Shemya. The squadron also has detachments operating from Amchitka and Attu Airfield.

SOUTH PACIFIC THEATER OF OPERATIONS (Thirteenth Air Force) During the night of 24/25 Jun, B-24's attack the Kahili area and hit Buka Airfield. During the following day B-25's, escorted by P-40's, hit the runway at Vila Airfield.

SOUTHWEST PACIFIC THEATER OF OPERATIONS (Fifth Air Force) B-25's bomb and strafe several occupied villages in the Sepu, New Guinea area.

SATURDAY, 26 JUNE 1943

ALASKA (Eleventh Air Force) Sixteen bombers and 28 fighters fly 7 attack, weather reconnaissance and photo missions to Kiska and Little Kiska, starting fires. Intense machine gun fire damages four P-38's.

SOUTH PACIFIC THEATER OF OPERATIONS (Thirteenth Air Force) During the night of 25/26 Jun, B-24's pound on Ballale Airfield and bomb the Poporang-Buin-Faisi area. P-38's strafe the Rekata Bay area.

SOUTHWEST PACIFIC THEATER OF OPERATIONS (Fifth Air Force) During the predawn and early morning hours, B-24's and B-17's bomb the airfield and harbor at Rabaul and the town of Lae. Lost to J1N1 night fighter over Rabaul are: B-17E "Naughty But Nice" 41-2430 (MIA, one survived) and B-17F "Taxpayers Pride" 41-24448 (MIA, one survived). Midday, B-25's hit Lae Airfeild and the town of Salamaua. In the early evening B-25's bomb Penfoei. Lost is F-4 Lightning 41-2137 (MIA).

SUNDAY, 27 JUNE 1943

ALASKA (Eleventh Air Force) On Kiska, eight B-24's make a radar run but return with their bombs due to weather. Later, five B-24's and 7 B-25's bomb the Main Camp area and vicinity north of Salmon Lagoon. 14 B-25's bomb Gertrude Cove, camp areas, and North Head, while seven others abort due to weather. Two P-40's fly reconnaissance over Segula but overcast prevents observations.

BURMA-INDIA (Tenth Air Force) The 21st Photographic Squadron, Fourteenth Air Force arrives at Bishnupur from the US with F-5's.

SOUTH PACIFIC THEATER OF OPERATIONS (Thirteenth Air Force) B-24's bomb Kahili Airfield and hit Ballale. 3 PB4Y of VB-101 bomb Ballale from 10,000'. A single heavy bomber on armed reconnaissance bombs Munda Airfield.

SOUTHWEST PACIFIC THEATER OF OPERATIONS (Fifth Air Force) In New Guinea, B-25's bomb and strafe occupied areas at Dumpu, Kaigulin, and Kaiapit while A-20's strafe barges and shore installations at Labu Lagoon. B-24's hit Taka, Saumlakki and Malo Island in the Moluccas Islands and Boeroe Island in the Sunda Islands.

MONDAY, 28 JUNE 1943

ALASKA (Eleventh Air Force) Six B-25's bomb Gertrude Cove, Little Kiska and the southern Main Camp area on Kiska through holes in the overcast. The mission is partly ineffective because of faulty bomb-release mechanisms.

CENTRAL PACIFIC THEATER OF OPERATIONS (Seventh Air Force) A bombing mission against Nauru from Funafuti Atoll is hampered by engine trouble and bad weather. One B-24 had crashed at Palmyra Island, the previous day while en route from the Hawaiian Islands to the staging base at Funafuti Atoll. Of the 18 arriving at the forward base, two are released from duty because of engine trouble, two crash on takeoff, and eight are grounded after a second crash. Six heavy bombers are airborne for the mission, two abort, two fail to find Nauru because of heavy front, and two drop bombs on Nauru, with unobserved results.

BURMA-INDIA (Tenth Air Force) HQ 80th Fighter Group and the 88th and 90th Fighter Squadrons arrive at Karachi from the US with P-40's.

SOUTH PACIFIC THEATER OF OPERATIONS (Thirteenth Air Force) The 394th Bombardment Squadron (Heavy), 5th Bombardment Group (Heavy) transfers with B-24's from the Fiji to Guadalcanal.

TUESDAY, 29 JUNE 1943

CBI BURMA-INDIA (Tenth Air Force) The 89th Fighter Squadron, 80th Fighter Group arrives at Karachi from the US with P-40's.

SOUTHWEST PACIFIC THEATER OF OPERATIONS (Fifth Air Force) B-25's bomb and strafe strong points along the Bitoi River and A-20's pound a supply dump on the south side of Nassau Bay in preparation for allied amphibious landings which are to begin during the night of 29/30 June. A lone B-24 bombs building area west of Parsee Point near Salamaua; and other B-24's bomb Nabire.

WEDNESDAY, 30 JUNE 1943

SOUTH PACIFIC THEATER OF OPERATIONS (Thirteenth Air Force) The invasion of New Georgia Island begins with amphibious landings by US Army and US Marine Corps forces on Rendova. Subsidiary landings take place at other points in the New Georgia area. USAAF and other allied fighters cover the landings. At 1100 hours, 30+ Zekes attack the beachhead; Allied fighters intercept, claiming 16 shot down. At 1500 hours, a large force of fighters, dive bombers, and torpedo-carrying G4M1 Betty bombers from the 702 Kokutai and 705 Kokutai attack the vessels of the Task Force which is handling the landings. F4U's, F4F's and AA down all the torpedo-carrying bombers as they attack vessels however, a torpedo strikes the flagship, the attack transport USS McCawley (APA-4), amidship severely damaging the vessel (later mistakenly sunk by US PT boats). Lost is G4M1 Betty Tail 2-343. Early in the evening about 30 more Japanese aircraft return to the assault area. Allied fighters claim 18 of these shot down. B-25's and US Navy dive bombers bomb Munda Airfield. A B-24 strike on Kahili aborts because of bad weather. Lost is B-24D Liberator 42-40254.

SOUTHWEST PACIFIC THEATER OF OPERATIONS (Fifth Air Force) Allied amphibious forces begin landings, unopposed, at Nassau Bay during the night of 29/30 Jun. Forces push N and S toward the Bitoi River and Tabali Creek, respectively. Troops make contact with enemy forces in the Cape Dinga area S of Nassau Bay. Australians open the assault on Bobdubi Ridge and maintain pressure on the enemy in the Mubo area. B-25's pound Bobdubi Ridge in support of the assault and hit forces at Logui and Salamaua. B-25's also bomb Cape Chater Airfield. 43rd BG B-24's and B-17's bomb an airfield at Rabaul, lost is B-17F "Pluto" 41-24543. One heavy bomber scores a hit on a cargo vessel off Cape Gloucester. The 57th Troop Carrier Squadron, 375th Troop Carrier Group arrives at Port Moresby from the US with C-47's.

USN: Bombardment of Shortland by TF 68, "Merrill's Marauders" including USS Cleveland (CL-55).

RAAF: Shot down is Spitfire A58-2 (surived).

 

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