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Japanese missions against Buka and Buka Airfield
January 3 - 21, 1942

January 3, 1942
(IJN) In the afternoon, six four-engined flying boats appeared to the north of Buka Airfield and disappeared over Hahela island.

January 21, 1942
(IJN) A Japanese flyingboat flew over Buka Airfield, and was fired on by Australian ground forces.

Allied missions against Buka, Buka Town and Buka Airfield
August 23, 1943 - June 15, 1944

August 23, 1943
(5th AF) A lone B-17 bombs Buka.

January 14, 1943
(13th AF) B-17s bomb Buka Airfield without loss.

June 12, 1943
(13th AF) Two B-24s on reconnaissance over Buka shoot down a G4M1 Betty.

June 16, 1943
(13th AF) B-17E "Lucy" 41-2666 on a photo reconassiance mission over over Buka and Bougainville, two crew members earned the Medal of Honor.

June 21, 1943
(13th AF) A single B-24 bombs MacDonald's Junction and strafes targets of opportunity along the coast south of Buka

June 25, 1943
(13th AF) During the night of 24/25 Jun, B-24's hit Buka Airfield

July 6, 1943
(13th AF) B-24's and B-17's hit Buka Airfield.

July 14, 1943
(13th AF) B-24's and B-17's hit Buka Airfield.

July 25, 1943
(13th AF) Single B-24's attack a large transport vessel WNW of Buka Passage

September 15, 1943
(13th AF) During the night, heavy bombers bomb Buka Airfield.

September 21, 1943
(13th AF) Twenty plus B-24's bomb the runway and revetment area at Buka Airfield

October 12, 1943
(13th AF) Five B-17s bomb installations at Buka.

October 13, 1943
(13th AF) Six B-17s bomb Buka

October 15, 1943
(13th AF) During the late evening B-25's bomb Buka Airfield.

October 22, 1943
(13th AF) A single B-24 claims hits on a carrier northwest of Buka.

October 26, 1943
(13th AF) Buka Airfield is strafed by P-38's and then bombed and strafed by B-25's and P-38's.

October 29, 1943
(13th AF) B-25's and B-24's, along with 40+ USN aircraft, bomb Buka Airfield

November 1, 1943
(USN) Task Force 38 (R. Adm Frederick Sherman) bombards Buka Airfield and Bonis Airfield, firing 2,700 rounds of 5" and 6" shells fired by USS Montpelier CL-57, USS Cleveland, USS Denver CL-58, USS Columbia and eight destroyers. Task Force 39 strikes Buka and Bonis with two raids: the first with 18 fighters, 15 SBD, 11 TBFs. The second strike has 14 fighters, 21 SBD, 11 TBFs hits Buka.

November 2, 1943
(USN) As part of "Operation Shoestring 2", Task Force 38 carrier aircraft attack Buka Airfield

Click For EnlargementNovember 4, 1943
(13th AF, USN) 8 x F4Us escort 23 B-24's strike Buka Airfield, dropping 184 thousand pound bombs from 19,000'. They meet no fighter opposition.

November 6, 1943
(13th AF) Nine B-25's with USN fighter support hit Buka Airfield and Buka Harbor.

November 7, 1943
(13th AF) 21 B-24's pound Buka Airfield.

November 9, 1943
(13th AF) B-25's hit Buka Airfield.

November 10, 1943
(USN) SBDs and TBFs attack Buka Airfield. A SBD bomb hit a possible ammo dump causing large explosion and fire at the southwest end of the runway. Photos after the strike show seven bomb craters on the Buka runway. Lost is SBD Dauntless 35931 over Buka Airfield.

November 15, 1943
(13th AF) Twenty B-24's strike Buka Airfield

November 16, 1943
(13th AF) Twenty B-25's and four B-24's pound Buka Airfield. Also, B-25's fly sweeps over the Buka Passage

November 17, 1943
(13th AF) Thirty plus B-25's hit Buka Airfield and the surrounding areas during the night of 16/17 Nov. Also during the night eight B-24's bomb Buka Airfield

November 18, 1943
(13th AF) B-24's pound Buka Airfield

November 22, 1943
(13th AF, RNZAF, USN) 20+ B-25's, along with 5 RNZAF Ventura's, 8 P-38' and 8 USN F4U's, attack Buka Airfield scoring hits on the runway and taxiways.

November 23, 1943
(13th AF) B-24's hit Buka Airfield

November 24, 1943
(13th AF) B-24's bomb Buka

November 26, 1943
(13th AF) Buka Airfield is hit by B-24's, B-25's, and fighter aircraft.

November 27, 1943
(13th AF) Twenty plus B-24's, with fighter support, attack Buka Airfield.

December 6, 1943
(13th AF) P-38's strafe the west coast of Buka

December 11, 1943
(13th AF) Night fighters hit Buka

December 15, 1943
(13th AF) Twenty-three B-25's and sixteen fighters attack Buka, causing heavy damage in the Chinatown area

December 18, 1943
(13th AF) Fighters strafe targets of opportunity on the east coast of Buka.

December 19, 1943
(13th AF) Planes on armed reconnaissance hit targets of opportunity at Buka

December 20, 1943
(13th AF) Eight B-25s with fighter escort hit Buka.

December 22, 1943
(13th AF) B-25'a carry out strikes against the Chinatown area on Buka.

December 24, 1943
(13th AF) During the night of 23/24 Dec, single aircraft carry out harassing strikes against Buka.

December 27, 1943
(13th AF) 16 P-38's join 70+ USN dive bombers in strikes on Buka AA positions

January 2, 1944
(13th AF): Twenty-four B-25's bomb Buka supply area on Buka

January 3, 1944
(13th AF) Fifteen B-25s hit supply areas near the Buka Passage

January 4, 1944
(13th AF): P-39's of the RNZAF Ventura's, and night fighters, operating individually or in small flights, hit targets around Buka.

January 5, 1944
( 13th AF): B-25's bomb Hahela Mission on southenr Buka.

January 9, 1944
(13th AF): B-25's hit Buka seaplane base on Buka.

January 10, 1944
(13th AF): Four B-24's hit the Chinatown area of Buka.

January 14, 1944
(13th AF): B-24's meeting bad weather over Rabaul bomb alternate targets including Buka. Also, B-25's hit Buka.

January 21, 1944
(13th AF, RNZAF) RNZAF Ventura's and B-24's on armed reconnaissance bomb Buka

January 27, 1944
(13th AF) P-39's ranging over a wide area, strafe targets of opportunity at Buka

February 18, 1944
(13th AF) Lost on an experimental strafing mission over Buka is B-25H Mitchell Number 321, two of the crew and a dead body were rescued by PBY Catalina NZ4013.

March 1, 1944
(13th AF) P-38s hit Buka.

March 3, 1944
(13th AF) Ten P-38s bomb Buka Airfield. P-39s hit targets of opportunity on the western part of Buka.

March 8, 1944
(13th AF) Nine P-38s, turning back from Rabaul bomb Buka Airfield

March 22, 1944
(13th AF) B-24s carry out small strikes against Buka

March 23, 1944
(13th AF) Twenty-four B-25s hit Buka after weather prevented scheduled attacks on Rabaul.

April 4, 1944
(13th AF) Ten B-25s rained out of Rabaul instead bomb Buka Airfield

April 29, 1944
(13th AF) P-39s bomb and strafe targets throughout Bougainville and Buka. Also, B-25s bomb Buka Airfield

May 5, 1944
(13th AF) Twenty-four B-25s bomb gun positions at Buka

May 8, 1944
(13th AF) B-25s blast Buka Airfield.

May 11, 1944
(13th AF) P-39s, P-40s, and P-38s (flying a total of 18 missions) attack a variety of targets including Buka Airfield

May 24, 1944
(13th AF) 51 P-39s, P-40s, and P-38s, and a single B-24 attack various targets including Buka Airfield

May 30, 1944
(13th AF) Fighter-bombers attack the runway at Buka Airfield

June 2, 1944
(13th AF) P-39s attack Buka Airfeild

June 5, 1944
(13th AF) P-39s hit a wooded supply area north of Buka Airfield

June 8, 1944
(13th AF) 32 P-39s bomb Tsirogei and a supply area north of Buka

June 9, 1944
(13th AF) P-39s hit the town of Buka, a supply area to the north of Buka Airfield

June 10, 1944
(13th AF) 31 P-39s and 20+ USN aircraft hit Chinatown at Buka and a supply area northeast of Buka Airfield

June 12, 1944
(13th AF) 44 P-39s hit Buka Airfield

June 13, 1944
(13th AF) 31 P-39s and 12 USN aircraft attack supply dumps at Buka

June 15, 1944
(13th AF) Aircraft pound the Buka area through July and into August 1944

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