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Allied missions against Finschafen (Finschaffen)
December 21, 1942 - January 5, 1944

December 21, 1942
(5th AF) B-17s attack vessels in Finschhafen harbor

December 26, 1942
(5th AF) Heavy bombers carry out single-bomber attacks against Finschhafen

December 27, 1942
(5th AF) A single B-24 hits the runway at Finschhafen Airfield

January 12, 1942
(5th AF) B-24s in single-plane actions, bomb Finschhafen

January 14, 1943
(5th AF) B-24s carry out single-plane attacks on Madang and Finschhafen

January 16, 1943
(5th AF) B-24s carry out single-plane attacks on Madang and Finschhafen

January 17, 1943
(5th AF) B-24s carry out single-plane attacks on Madang and Finschhafen

January 19, 1943
(5th AF) Heavy bombers carry out single-bomber attacks against Finschhafen

January 20, 1943
(5th AF) B-24s carry out single-plane attacks on Finschhafen

January 23, 1943
(5th AF) B-24s carry out single-plane attacks on Finschhafen

January 25, 1943
(5th AF) Single B-24s attack a beached ship at Finschhafen

January 26, 1943
(5th AF) B-24s carry out single-plane attacks on Finschhafen

January 27, 1943
(5th AF) Individual B-24s bomb Finschhafen town and the runway

February 6, 1943
A single B-24 hits cargo vessels off Finschhafen and Powell Point, claiming 1 vessel destroyed, and attacks troop barges in Riebeck Bay, causing several casualties.

February 15, 1943
B-24s operating singly bomb the runway at Finschhafen, and claim a direct hit on a vessel in Stettin Bay.

February 18, 1943
Individual B-24s bomb the Finschhafen landing ground

February 27, 1943
B-17s, operating individually, strafe a schooner off Matiu Point and bomb Finschhafen Airfield

March 4, 1943
Single B-17 and B-24s hit barges off Finschhafen

March 11, 1943
Single B-24s attack Finschhafen

March 14, 1943
single B-17s bomb Finschhafen Airfield

March 20, 1943
The landing strip at Finschhafen are bombed by single B-24's.

March 22, 1943
Single-plane strikes, heavy bombers attack Finschhafen

March 26, 1943
Single B-l7 bombs Finschhafen

March 28, 1943
medium and heavy bombers on individual missions attack a small boat off Finschhafen.

March 30, 1943
A-20's, B-25's, B-24's, and B-17's pound shipping, the harbor, and town area at Finschhafen

March 31, 1943
Individual B-24's attack Finschhafen

April 1, 1943
Single B-24's attack Salamaua, Finschhafen

April 5, 1943
single B-17's hit Finschaffen on the Huon Peninsula

April 6, 1943
Single B-17's bomb Finschhafen

April 7, 1943
Single heavy bombers attack shipping and coastal targets including Finschhafen

April 8, 1943
B-17's and B-24's carry out small harassing strikes at Finschhafen

April 9, 1943
Single B-17's attack barges at Finschhafen

April 11, 1943
B-17's bomb Finschhafen. Single B-24's bomb Finschhafen 3 times

April 13, 1943
single B-l7 bombs the runway at Finschhafen

April 18, 1943
Single B-24's hit the Finschhafen

April 23, 1943
Single B-24's bomb the airfield and town area at Finschhafen

April 25, 1943
Single B-24's hit airfields at Madang and Finschhafen

April 26, 1943
(5th AF) Single B-24's hit airfields at Finschhafen

April 27, 1943
Heavy bombers, operating individually, attack small vessels and targets of opportunity at Finschhafen areas.

April 28, 1943
Single B-17's hit buildings N of Finschhafen Airfield

May 2, 1943
single B-17 bombs dock area at Finschhafen

May 6, 1943
Single B-24's hit Madang and Finschhafen

May 12, 1943
(5th AF) Seven B-25s from the 405th BS led by Major Ralph Cheli piloting "The Wolf". One B-25 developed engine trouble and aborted the mission. The other sixed arrived over the target at 7:45am and bombed Finschafen Airfield (Prewar) from 700' dropping 100 pound bombs. Afterwards, the B-25s made three strafing runs. There was only light anti-aircraft fire from Japanese machine guns that ceased during the strafing. Reference: Sun Setters page 148

s bomb the airfield and surrounding area at Finschhafen

May 17, 1943
Single heavy bombers hit Lae and Finschhafen

May 27, 1943
B-25's hit Finschhafen with single-plane strikes

May 29, 1943
Heavy and medium bombers, operating individually or in flights of 2 bombers Finschhafen

June 15, 1943
a single B-25 attacks a power boat in Hanisch Harbor and strafes a beach near Finschhafen

June 18, 1943
B-25's bomb and strafe power launches off Finschhafen

June 19, 1943
Single B-24's bomb Finschhafen

June 20, 1943
2 B-25's and an A-20 hit Finschhafen

July 19, 1943
B-17 hits Finschhafen Airfield

July 21, 1943
Single B-24's bomb Finschhafen Airfield

July 25, 1943
B-24's attack the area near Finschhafen, New Guinea

July 27, 1943
B-25's hit barges between Pommern Bay and Finschhafen

July 30, 1943
B-24's bomb Salamaua and Kela; B-25's hit barges off Huon Peninsula and villages in the Finschhafen

July 31, 1943
B-25's hit the Finschhafen area

August 5, 1943
Single B-24 bombs Finschhafen

August 14, 1943
A-20's strafe  barges near Finschhafen

August 22, 1943
USN - Four Allied destroyers to proceed along the coast from Milne Bay to Finschhafen; they bombard Finschhafen during the night of 22/23, then return to Milne Bay

August 25, 1943
B-24's attack Finschhafen

September 9, 1943
B-25's bomb and strafe coastal area including Finschhafen

September 15, 1943
B-25's hit barges around Finschhafen

September 18, 1943
B-26's and RAAF airplanes bomb and strafe Finschhafen

September 19, 1943
B-25's and B-26's pound Finschhafen in preparation for Allied landings on September 22nd.

September 22, 1943
After a preparatory naval bombardment, elements of the Australian 9 Division land at the mouth of the Song River N of Finschhafen and push to the S; B-25's pound defenses in the Finschhafen area; almost 90 fighters battle Japanese aircraft attacking the convoy; 38 enemy aircraft are claimed shot down.

September 25, 1943
(5th AF & RAAF) A-20's and RAAF airplanes pound positions near Finschhafen as the Australian 9 Division, having crossed the Buni River the previous day, pushes S toward the town.

September 27, 1943
(5th AF) Finschhafen is bombed twice during the day.

September 28, 1943
(5th AF & RAAF) A-20's and Vengeances attack the Finschhafen

October 1, 1943
(5th AF, RAAF) A-20's and Royal Australian Air Force (RAAF) aircraft bomb and strafe the Finschhafen area

October 2, 1943
Australian Army) Troops take the town and harbor of Finschhafen and prepare to take nearby commanding positions still held by the Japanese

October 9, 1943
(5th AF, RAAF) A-20's and Royal Australian Air Force (RAAF) airplanes bomb and strafe defensive positions in the Sattelberg and Finschhafen areas.

October 15, 1943
(5th AF) 4 other P-40's, encountering 20+ Japanese airplanes E of Finschhafen, claim 5 destroyed

October 17, 1943
(5th AF) 4 P-39's intercept 18 airplanes attacking Finschhafen, claiming 6 shot down

October 19, 1943
(Japanese) Air raid against Finschhafen causes no effective damage

October 20, 1943
(Japanese) An attack on Finschhafen by 30 Japanese aircraft causes minor damage

November 6, 1943
(Japanese) . Enemy airplanes attack Finschhafen but cause no major damage

November 16, 1943
(5th AF) B-25's hit installations near Finschhafen

November 19, 1943
(5th AF) A-20's hit Finschhafen area

November 21, 1943
(5th AF) A-20's hit Finschhafen area

November 23, 1943
(5th AF) B-25's and A-20's hit villages around Finschhafen

November 24, 1943
(5th AF) 15 A-20's and B-25's, with P-38's escorting, hit stores and supplies in the Finschhafen area

November 27, 1943
(5th AF) Medium bombers also bomb the town of Finschhafen

November 28, 1943
(5th AF) A-20's hit tracks in the Finschhafen area.

December 2, 1943
(5th AF) 20 B-25's and B-26's hit enemy forces in the Finschhafen area.

December 3, 1943
(5th AF) A-20's attack villages around Finschhafen.

December 5, 1943
(5th AF) A-20's hit enemy forces in the Finschhafen area.

December 6, 1943
(5th AF) A-20's and B-25's attack villages and supply dumps around Finschhafen.

December 7, 1943
(5th AF) A-20's bomb troop encampments and dumps in the Finschhafen area.

December 8, 1943
(5th AF) B-25's and B-26's pound enemy supply dumps on the Huon Peninsula near Finschhafen.

December 11, 1943
(5th AF) B-25's and B-26's hit bivouacs and other installations near Fortification Point and in the Finschhafen area.

December 18, 1943
(5th AF) 33 A-20's bomb and strafe dumps and bivouacs north of Finschhafen.

December 19, 1943
(5th AF) 30 B-25's, A-20's, and P-39's hit barges, bivouac areas, and gun positions north and west of Finschhafen.

December 20, 1943
(5th AF) B-26's and B-25's hit bivouacs in the Finschhafen area.

December 21, 1943
(5th AF) A-20's hit camps north of Finschhafen.

December 22, 1943
(5th AF) A-20's and B-26's pound occupied area north of Finschhafen

January 4, 1944
Heavy and medium bombers hit troops and supplies between Finschhafen and Saidor

January 5, 1944
(5th AF) B-24's and medium bombers attack barges from Finschhafen to Saidor

Japanese missions and resupply of Finschafen (Finschaffen)
September 6 - October 1, 1943

September 6, 1943
(IJN) I-176 arrives at Finschafen, first supply run there

September 17, 1943
(IJN) I-176 arrives at Finschafen second supply run, and departs on September 21 for Rabaul

September 22, 1943
(IJN) I-176 departs Rabaul for her third supply to Finschafen

September 23, 1943
(JAAF) Air raid against Finschafen by 7th Sentain Ki-49 Helens, lost is Ki-49-II flow by W.O. Osamu Nemoto

September 25, 1943
(IJN) Arrives at Finschafen but fails to contact ground troops there. The I-176 remains in the vicinity for the next five days despite an ongoing battle on the shore.

October 1, 1943
(IJN) I-176 LtCdr Yamaguchi finally establishes contact with the ground troops and unloads his cargo, then departs for Rabaul.

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