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Allied missions against Awar and Awar Airfield
August 25, 1943 - May 4, 1944

August 25, 1943
(5th AF) Almost 100 B-24's, B-25's, and B-17's carry out an hour-long strike against the Hansa Bay area, Nubia, and Awar, and nearby shipping.

November 20, 1943
(5th AF) 18 B-25s of the 345th BG escorted by four squadrons of P-47s attack the Hansa Bay area, some bomb Awar Airfield.

January 30, 1944
(5th AF) 3 B-25s of the 345th BG 500th BS hit Awar Strip and anti-aircraft positions at Condor Point.

February 24, 1944
(5th AF) Nearly 20 B-24s bomb Awar Airfield.

February 28, 1944
(5th AF) Nearly 20 B-24s bomb Awar Airfield.

February 29, 1944
(5th AF) Other B-24s and A-20s hit Awar and other targets.

March 1, 1944
(5th AF) Aircraft, pound Hansa Bay and Awar Point.

March 6, 1944
(5th AF) B-24s bomb the airstrip and other targets in the Awar-Nubia area.

March 8, 1944
(5th AF) 70+ B-24s, B-25s, and A-20s bomb Awar Airfield.

April 9, 1944
(5th AF) P-39s hit troops, barges, and bridges around Awar and other targets.

April 26, 1944
(5th AF) 13 B-24s bomb Awar Point.

March 11, 1944
(5th AF) Lost off Awar Point is B-24D "Heaven Can Wait" 42-41216 (MIA).

May 4, 1944
(5th AF) A-20s attack bridges over the Awar River and targets of opportunity.

June 27, 1944
(RAAF) Boomerang A46-138 piloted by F/O N. L. Oliver, 436020 attempted to make an emergency landing at Awar, but collided with a deralict Japanese aircraft on the overgrown runway and crashed and burned.

February 9, 1945
(RAAF) Boomerang A46-??? code QE-A flown by F/L C.A. Phillips was flying a tactical reconnassnace mission over the Sepik. Returning its engine began to overheat. He successfully landed at Awar, and his plane was guarded by members of the 5th Australian Division, 30th Battalion (Sepik Force). After two days, an engine fitter from 4 Squadron was flown to the airfield to repair it oil cooler, and its fuel tank was topped off with abandoned Japanese aviation gas!

USAAF Combat Chronology, Warpath Across The Pacific, page 92, 117


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