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American missions against Balikpapan and Balikpapan Harbor
February 3, 1942 - July 11, 1945

January 29, 1942
Lost on a bombing mission againts Balikpapan is B-17E 41-2476.

February 3, 1942
B-17's from Singosar bomb shipping off Balikpapan

August 14, 1943
(5th AF) Twelve B-24's of the 380th Bombardment Group took off at 5am on a bomb mission armed with six 500 lbs bombs and overloaded with fuel against the oil center at Balikpapan. Flying individually to the target, half the bombers planned to bomb the refineries and the other half would bomb shipping in Balikpapan Harbor from minimum height. Inbond to the target, the B-24s encountered three weather fronts and two B-24s aboarted the mission. Nine B-24s arrived over the target after midnight and bombed by moonlight. The sole loss on the return flight is B-24D "Shady Lady" 42-40369 force landing the morning of August 14. The returning bombers covered at total of 2,700 miles over 17 hours. References: Air Force Magazine "Valor: First at Balikpapan" by John L. Frisbee vol. 71, no. 6 June 1988.

August 15, 1943
(5th AF) Two B-24s piloted by Lt. Jack Banks and Howard Hahn flew a daylight photographic mission over Balikpapan to photograph the results of the prior raid and also dropped bombs onto the target. Banks was intercepted by enemy fighters and claimed four shot down. Hahn's crew claimed one shot down. References: Air Force Magazine "Valor: First at Balikpapan" by John L. Frisbee vol. 71, no. 6 June 1988.

August 17, 1943
(5th AF) Eleven B-24's of the 380th Bombardment Group took off for a followup strike on Balikpapan. Inbound to the target, two aborted the mission. In bad weather, nine bombed the oil facilities at Balikpapan. B-24 piloted by Soderberg was hit and set on fire, then extinguished. B-24 piloted by Shek suffered three wounded. B-24 piloted by Fleming wounded bombardier Lt. Mellinger and started a fire in the nose and knocked out their no. 1 engine and the no. 2 engine quit over Timor. References: Air Force Magazine "Valor: First at Balikpapan" by John L. Frisbee vol. 71, no. 6 June 1988.

December 11, 1943
(5th AF) B-24's bomb Balikpapan.

January 12, 1944
(FEAF) B-24's attack Balikpapan

October 14, 1944
(FEAF) B-24s bomb oil refineries and associated industries in the Balikpapan area

April 23, 1945
(USN) PB4Y's of Patrol Bombing Squadron 109 launched two bat glide bombs against the enemy shipping in Balikpapan Harbor in the first combat use of the only automatic homing bomb to be used in World War II.

May 10, 1945
(FEAF) B-24s bomb targets at Balikpapan

May 16, 1945
(FEAF) B-24s bomb Balikpapan

May 20, 1945
(FEAF) B-25s hit shipping at Balikpapan harbor and a nearby barracks area and sawmill.

May 28, 1945
(FEAF) B-24s, B-25s, and fighters hit gun positions and other targets at Balikpapan

September 30, 1944
(FEAF) B-24s strike oil installations at Balikpapan

October 3, 1944
(FEAF) For the second time B-24s bomb oil refineries in the Balikpapan area

October 10, 1944
(FEAF) B-24s strike oil refineries and an airfield in the Balikpapan area; the B-24s and escorting P-47s and P-38s claim 30+ Japanese fighters downed.

October 14, 1944
(FEAF) B-24s again bomb oil refineries and associated industries in the Balikpapan area.

October 18, 1944
(FEAF) Bad weather curtails a major strike on Balikpapan of 120+ B-24s and fighters, only 8 B-24s and 8 P-38s reach the target.

June 4, 1945
(FEAF) B-24s bomb Balikpapan

June 8, 1945
(FEAF) B-24s and B-25s and P-38s attack gun positions at Balikpapan

June 13, 1945
(FEAF) B-24s bomb the Balikpapan-Sepinggang area

June 14, 1945
(FEAF) B-24s bomb AA positions at Balikpapan

June 15, 1945
(FEAF) B-24s blast gun positions at Balikpapan

June 16, 1945
(FEAF) B-24s bomb Balikpapan gun emplacements

June 17, 1945
(FEAF) B-24s pound Balikpapan area oil targets and gun positions

June 18, 1945
(FEAF) B-24s blast troop concentrations in Balikpapan

June 19, 1945
(FEAF) B-24s bomb fortifications and AA guns at Balikpapan

June 20, 1945
(FEAF) B-24s again pound AA positions in the Balikpapan area

June 21, 1945
(FEAF) B-24s pound the Balikpapan town area

June 22, 1945
(FEAF) B-24s pound Balikpapan area gun and defensive positions

June 23, 1945
(FEAF) 150+ B-24s, B-25s, and fighter-bombers continue heavy strikes against the Balikpapan area concentrating on gun emplacements and defensive positions.

June 24, 1945
(FEAF) B-24s bomb Balikpapan town and coastal guns

June 25, 1945
(FEAF) Oil facilities, shore defenses in the Balikpapan area are bombed by B-24s, B-25s, and fighter-bombers.

June 26, 1945
(FEAF) Strikes against the Balikpapan area continue by B-24s and B-25s hitting oil targets

June 27, 1945
(FEAF) For the 15th consecutive day, B-24s pound Balikpapan destroying oil facilities and shore defenses

June 28, 1945
(FEAF) B-24s, B-25s, and P-38s hit defenses near Balikpapan

June 29, 1945
(FEAF) Continuing the offensive against Balikpapan, B-24s, B-25s, and fighter- bombers bomb defensive positions and oil installations

June 30, 1945
(FEAF) B-24s again pound Balikpapan.
(USN) US Navy ships land Australian Army troops at Balikpapan

July 1, 1945
(USN, USMC) Marine Corps and Navy squadrons, aboard three escort carriers of Task Group 78.4 commanded by Rear Admiral W. D. Sample, provided close air support, local combat air patrol, and strikes on military installations, in support of landings by Australian troops at Balikpapan.
(FEAF) B-24s pound defenses at Balikpapan in support of the landings by the Australian Army.
(Australian Army) The Australian Army 7th Division, composed of the 18th, 21st and 25th Infantry Brigades, with support troops, made an amphibious landing, codenamed Operation Oboe Two a few miles north of Balikpapan.

July 2, 1945
(FEAF) B-24s bomb defenses in the Balikpapan area, P-38s support Australian forces as they complete the capture of Balikpapan and its oil installations.

July 3, 1945
(FEAF) B-24s bomb defensive positions near Balikpapan in support of the Australian drive inland

July 4, 1945
(FEAF) B-24s again pound defenses near Balikpapan

July 5, 1945
(FEAF) Australian troops cross Balikpapan Bay and land on the W shore.

July 6, 1945
(FEAF) B-24s over Borneo bomb the Balikpapan area

July 7, 1945
(FEAF) B-24s, B-25s, and P-38s support Australian ground forces in the area near Balikpapan

July 8, 1945
(FEAF) B-24s and B-25s, supporting Australian forces, hit the Balikpapan area defensive positions

July 9, 1945
(FEAF) B-24s and P-38s supporting Australian forces, hit Japanese forces in areas near Balikpapan
(Australia and Dutch) Forces complete the encirclement of Balikpapan Bay.

July 11, 1945
(FEAF) B-25s and P-38s pound highway targets in the Balikpapan area.

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