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Allied missions against Gasmata and Gasmata Airfield
February 11, 1942 - February 5, 1944

February 11, 1942
(RAAF) Three Hudsons, lead by Wing Commander John Lerew made a mast-height attack on shipping at Gasmata. A5M4 Claudes intercept and shoot down Hudson A16-126 and Hudson A16-91.

February 13, 1942
(RAAF) Hudsons attack Gasmata, Claudes intercept.

February 24, 1942
(IJN) 4th Kokutai A6M2 Zero pilot, F1/C Kokubun intercepted a B-17 over Gasmata.

July 26, 1942
(5th AF) A B-25 strike against Gasmata is repulsed by fighter interception over Buna.

August 9, 1942
(5th AF) B-17s bomb shipping and airfield at Gasmata

August 24, 1942
(5th AF) B-17s hit Gasmata

September 16, 1942
(5th AF) B-17s bomb Gasmata Airfield.

Click For EnlargementOctober 24, 1942
(5th AF) Aerial photo of Gasmata Airfield

October 28, 1942
(5th AF) B-25s bomb the airfield at Gasmata

November 3, 1942
(5th AF) B-17s attack a ship S of Gasmata off the S coast of New Britain

November 8, 1942
(5th AF) B-25s bomb the radio station and airfield on Gasmata

November 17, 1942
(5th AF) B-25s bomb airfield at Gasmata

November 18, 1942
(5th AF) B-17s attack warships 50 miles (80 km) SW of Gasmata located off the S coast of New Britain

December 7, 1942
(5th AF) B-17s attack tanker off Gasmata

December 8, 1942
(5th AF) B-24s bomb the airfield on Gasmata

December 13, 1942
(5th AF) B-26s hit the airfield at Gasmata

December 14, 1942
(5th AF) Attack against the airfield on Gasmata

December 22, 1942
(5th AF) A single B-24 attacks a transport off Gasmata.

December 24, 1942
(5th AF) B-17s and B-24s hit shipping and the airfield at Gasmata.

December 28, 1942
(5th AF) B-24 bomb Gasmata

December 29, 1942
(5th AF) B-24s also carry out single-bomber attacks on the airfield on Gasmata

December 31, 1942
(5th AF) B-24s operating singly bomb Gasmata Airfield.

January 1, 1943
(5th AF) B-24s and B-17s bomb Gasmata

January 2, 1943
(5th AF) A-20s, B-24s, B-25s and B-26s hit the airfield and targets of opportunity at Gasmata

January 3, 1943
(5th AF) A lone B-24 strafes the airfield at Gasmata.

January 4, 1943
(5th AF) Single-plane attack schooners off Gasmata

January 6, 1943
(5th AF) A single B-24s bombs the airfield

January 14, 1943
(5th AF) A single B-24s bombs Gasmata

January 15, 1943
(5th AF) B-24s hit the airfield on Gasmata

January 16, 1943
(5th AF) B-24s carry out single-plane attacks on Gasmata airfield

January 17, 1943
(5th AF) B-24s, operating individually, attack the airfield at Gasmata

January 19, 1943
(5th AF) Heavy bombers carry out individual attacks on Gasmata

January 20, 1943
(5th AF) B-24s, operating singly, attack Gasmata

January 24, 1943
(5th AF) Single B-24s attack runway at Gasmata

January 25, 1943
(5th AF) Single B-24s attack runway at Gasmata

January 26, 1943
(5th AF) Single B-24s attack runway at Gasmata

January 27, 1943
(5th AF) Single B-24s attack the runway at Gasmata

January 29, 1943
(5th AF) Single B-24s attack runway at Gasmata

January 30, 1943
(5th AF) Single B-24s attack runway at Gasmata

February 2, 1943
(5th AF) B-24s bomb the runway at Gasmata Airfield.

February 3, 1943
(5th AF) B-17s and B-24s attack the runway at Gasmata Airfield.

February 4, 1943
(5th AF) Heavy bombers hit Gasmata Airfield

February 5, 1943
(5th AF) Heavy bombers carry out individual attacks on the airfield at Gasmata

February 8, 1943
(5th AF) A single B-24 bombs the airfield at Gasmata

February 17, 1943
(5th AF) B-24s, operating individually, strike Gasmata Airfield

February 19, 1943
(5th AF) B-24s carry out single plane attacks agains shipping at Gasmata.
(IJN) In the morning, nine A6M Zeros from the 253 Kokutai took off on a patrol mission and claim a B-24 shot down, likely B-24D "Lady Luck" 41-11901. In the afternoon another nine A6M Zeros from the 253 Kokutai take off on a patrol mission and encounter another B-24 but do not make any claim.

February 20, 1943
(5th AF) B-17s bomb Gasmata Airfield

February 25, 1943
(5th AF) Heavy bombers hit the airfield at Gasmata.

February 26, 1943
(5th AF) B-17s and B-24s bomb the airfield on Gasmata

March 1, 1943
(5th AF) B-17s bomb the runway on Gasmata

March 5, 1943
(5th AF) Heavy bombers, operating individually, hit Gasmata

March 6, 1943
(5th AF) Single B-24s attack Gasmata Airfield

March 7, 1943
(5th AF) Single B-24s bomb Gasmata

March 13, 1943
(5th AF) A B-17 bombs Gasmata Airfield.

March 14, 1943
(5th AF) A single B-17s bomb Gasmata

March 15, 1943
(5th AF) B-17s, on single-plane flights bomb Gasmata

March 19, 1943
(5th AF) A single B-17s bomb Gasmata

March 22, 1943
(5th AF) Heavy bombers pound the Gasmata Airfield

March 23, 1943
(5th AF) Single B-24s attack Gasmata Airfield

March 24, 1943
(5th AF) B-25's and B-17's, operating individually, attack targets of opportunity at Gasmata

March 25, 1943
(5th AF) Single B-17s hit Gasmata

March 28, 1943
(5th AF) Medium and heavy bombers on individual missions attack Gasmata

March 29, 1943
(5th AF) A lone B-l7 bombs the Gasmata Airfield

March 30, 1943
(5th AF) B-24's hit Gasmata

April 1, 1943
(5th AF) B-17's attack the airfield at Gasmata

April 2, 1943
Single B-24's hit the airfield at Gasmata

April 6, 1943
(5th AF) Single B-24's hit the airfield at Gasmata

April 12, 1943
(5th AF) B-24's and B-17's pound the airfield at Gasmata

April 15, 1943
(5th AF) B-17's pound the airfield at Gasmata

April 19, 1943
(5th AF) Single medium or heavy bombers bomb Gasmata

April 21, 1943
(5th AF) Single B-17's attack coastal villages in NE New Guinea and hit Ubili and Gasmata

April 27, 1943
(5th AF) Heavy bombers, operating individually, attack vessels off Gasmata

April 30, 1943
(5th AF) Single B-24's bomb Gasmata.

May 3, 1943
(5th AF) B-25's strafe the airfield at Gasmata

May 5, 1943
(5th AF) B-24 bomb Gasmata airfield

May 9, 1943
(5th AF) B-25's hit the airfield at Gasmata

May 12, 1943
(5th AF) Single heavy bombers hit Salamaua and Gasmata

Click For EnlargementMay 13, 1943
(5th AF) 38th BG B-25's blast the airfield, town area, and targets of opportunity at Gasmata.

May 14, 1943
(5th AF) B-25's administer a thorough pounding to the airfield and surrounding area at Gasmata

May 15, 1943
(5th AF) B-25's pound the airfield at Gasmata. Later, a single heavy bomber hits Gasmata

May 17, 1943
(5th AF) B-25's bomb Gasmata; single heavy bombers hit Gasmata

May 18, 1943
(5th AF) Heavy bombers, operating individually, hit Gasmata

May 19, 1943
(5th AF) B-24's hit the airfield at Gasmata

May 20, 1943
(5th AF) The airfield and surrounding areas on Gasmata are hit by A-20's during the night of 20/21 May and by B-17's during the day

May 21, 1943
(5th AF) B-24's hit the airfield at Gasmata

May 23, 1943
(5th AF) B-24's and B-17's hit the airfield at Gasmata

May 24, 1943
(5th AF) B-25's hit the runway at Gasmata

June 11, 1943
(5th AF) B-24's bomb targets of opportunity at Gasmata

June 13, 1943
(5th AF) B-17's and B-24's bomb airfields in the Rabaul area and at Gasmata

August 10, 1943
(5th AF) 6 A-20's bomb and strafe Gasmata

August 12, 1943
(5th AF) A-20's bomb and strafe Gasmata and nearby barges

August 25, 1943
(5th AF) A-20's hit Gasmata

August 29, 1943
(5th AF) A-20's hit dumps at Gasmata

September 4, 1943
(5th AF & RAAF) A-20's and Royal Australian Air Force planes hit the airfield on Gasmata. Supporting P-38's intercept 100+ enemy fighters and bombers, which are airborne despite the attacks on airfields, and claim 20 shot down. Lost is Beaufort A9-204.

September 5, 1943
(RAAF) 10 Beauforts of 100 Squadron attack Gasmata Airfield. Three are shot down: Beaufort A9-374, Beaufort A9-183 and Beaufort A9-186.

September 7, 1943
(5th AF) A-20's hit Gasmata area

Click For EnlargementSeptember 9, 1943
(5th AF) Photo recon

September 12, 1943
(5th AF) A-20's bomb a radio station on Gasmata

September 21, 1943
(5th AF) A-20's and RAAF aircraft bomb Gasmata

September 22, 1943
(5th AF) B-24's and B-25's bomb the airfield on Gasmata

September 25, 1943
(5th AF) P-40's bomb Gasmata

October 1, 1943
(5th AF) B-25's strafe a power boat near Gasmata

October 2, 1943
(5th AF) B-25's strafe barges off Gasmata

October 13, 1943
(5th AF) B-24's hit targets including Gasmata

October 16, 1943
(5th AF) A-20's bomb and strafe Gasmata

October 19, 1943
(5th AF) A-20's and RAAF airplanes bomb Gasmata

October 20, 1943
(5th AF) A-20's hit Gasmata

October 21, 1943
(5th AF) P-40's bomb Gasmata

October 22, 1943
(5th AF) 50+ P-40's hit Gasmata

October 27, 1943
(5th AF) A-20's hit harbor and supply dump area at Gasmata

October 28, 1943
(5th AF) P-40's hit Gasmata

November 6, 1943
(5th AF) P-40's hit Gasmata

November 9, 1943
(5th AF) P-40's bomb dumps on Gasmata

November 13, 1943
(5th AF) B-24's hit Gasmata

November 20, 1943
(5th AF) 50 B-24's bomb Gasmata

Click For EnlargementNovember 21, 1943
(5th AF) 90th BG B-24's bomb Gasmata

November 22, 1943
(5th AF) 100+ B-25's and B-24's bomb Gasmata

November 24, 1943
(5th AF) 20+ B-24's, supported by P-38's, bomb Gasmata

Click For EnlargementNovember 26, 1943
(5th AF) B-24's bomb Gasmata

December 13, 1943
(5th AF) 100+ B-24's and B-25's and several P-40's bomb Gasmata

Click For EnlargementDecember 14, 1943
(5th AF) Gasmata is hit by B-25's and B-26's. Later, B-24's on armed reconnaissance hit Gasmata

December 15/16, 1943
(5th AF) PT 131 and PT 133 shoot down a Japanese four-engined flying boat off Gasmata

December 19, 1943
(5th AF) 37 P-40's hit Gasmata

December 23, 1943
(5th AF) P-40's bomb Gasmata

January 13, 1944
(5th AF) B-24's bomb Gasmata

January 20, 1944
(5th AF) A-20s hit barge hideouts and enemy held areas on Gasmata

January 23, 1944
(5th AF) A-20's hit forces and AA positions near Cape Raoult and Gasmata

January 25, 1944
(5th AF) P-40's and A-20's hit Gasmata

February 5, 1944
(5th AF) B-24s bomb Gasmata, after weather prevents an attack on Kavieng

March 17, 1944
(USN) PT-143 entered the harbor after observing no enemy activity. They even tied up to the jetty and inspected the area on foot, and reported back to base that the Japanese had withdrawn from the area.

 

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