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American missions against Kwajalein Atoll and Kwajalein
February 1, 1942 - February 1, 1944

Click For EnlargementFebruary 1, 1942
(USN) First U.S. Carrier Offensive--Task Forces 8 (Vice Admiral W. F. Halsey) and 17 (Rear Admiral F. J. Fletcher), built around the carriers Enterprise and Yorktown, bombed and bombarded enemy installations including Kwajalein.

November 16, 1943
(7th AF) Single aircraft hit Kwajalein Atoll

December 4, 1943
(USN) Task Force 50 (Rear Admiral C. A. Pownall), composed of four heavy and two light carriers and screening ships, bombed airfields and shipping at Kwajalein

December 21, 1943
(7th AF) B-24's from Nanumea in the Ellice escort 4 USN PB4Y's on a photo mission over Kwajalein Atoll. Other B-24's bomb Kwajalein

December 23, 1943
(7th AF) 19 B-24's, staging through Tarawa Atoll and Nanumea bomb Kwajalein Atoll

December 30, 1943
(7th AF) 17 B-24's, flying from Tarawa Atoll, bomb Kwajalein Atoll

January 11, 1944
(USN) Navy aircraft based in the Gilbert and Ellice attack Japanese installations on Kwajalein Atoll prior to invasion.

January 14, 1944
(7th AF) B-24's, staging through Tarawa Atoll, bomb Kwajalein Atoll

January 21, 1944
(7th AF) 16 B-24's staging through Tarawa Atoll, Gilbert during the night of 20/21 bomb targets on Kwajalein Atoll

January 25, 1944
(7th AF) 18 B-24's flying out of the Gilberts bomb Kwajalein Atoll, hitting runways and AA positions

January 28, 1944
(7th AF) B-24's, staging through Tarawa Atoll and Makin and taking off at varying intervals, carry out several hours of strikes against Kwajalein

January 29, 1944
(USN) Four groups of Task Force 58 (Rear Admiral M. A. Mitscher), opened the campaign to capture the Marshalls with heavy air attacks Kwajalein. On the first day the defending enemy air forces were eliminated and complete control of the air was maintained by carrier aircraft during the entire operation.

Click For EnlargementJanuary 30, 1944
(USN) Two fast carrier groups, providing air support for landings on Kwajalein

January 31, 1944
(USN) Two fast carrier groups, providing air support for landings on Kwajalein

February 1, 1944
(7th AF) B-24s from Makin Island hit the beach defenses on Kwajalein Island

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