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American missions against Cape Gloucester and Cape Gloucester Airfield
December 23, 1942 - January 29, 1944

December 23, 1942
(5th AF) B-25s bomb Cape Gloucester Airfield. B-24s carry out single-bomber attacks on Cape Gloucester Airfield.

December 25, 1942
(5th AF) B-24 attacks runways at Cape Gloucester Airfield.

December 26, 1942
(5th AF) Heavy bombers carry out single-bomber attacks against Cape Gloucester Airfield.

January 15, 1943
(5th AF) B-24s carry out single-plane attacks on the runway at Cape Gloucester.

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

January 24, 1943
(5th AF) Single B-24s attack runways at Cape Gloucester.

January 25, 1943
(5th AF) Single B-24s attack runways at Cape Gloucester.

January 26, 1943
(5th AF) B-24s carry out individual attacks on the runways at Cape Gloucester.

January 29, 1943
(5th AF) Single B-24s bomb runways at Cape Gloucester

January 31, 1943
(5th AF) Single B-24 bombs the runway at Cape Gloucester.

February 1, 1943
(5th AF) A lone B-24 bombs the runway at Cape Gloucester.

February 3, 1943
(5th AF) B-17s and B-24s attack the airfield at Cape Gloucester.

February 4, 1943
(5th AF) Heavy bombers hit Cape Gloucester Airfield.

February 12, 1943
(5th AF) B-24s, operating individually, attack the runway at Cape Gloucester.

February 18, 1943
(5th AF) B-24s unsuccessfully attack shipping off Cape Gloucester.

February 19, 1943
(5th AF) B-24s carry out single-plane attacks agains shipping off Cape Gloucester.

March 4, 1943
(5th AF) B-17s attack power launches off Cape Gloucester.

Click For EnlargementMarch 5, 1943
(5th AF) Reconnaissance photography over Cape Gloucester.

March 7, 1943
(5th AF) A single B-24 bombsCape Gloucester.

March 11, 1943
(5th AF) A single B-24 attack Cape Gloucester.

March 12, 1943
(5th AF) Individual B-24s bomb Cape Gloucester.

March 14, 1943
(5th AF) A single B-17s strafes AA positions at Cape Gloucester.

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

March 16, 1943
(5th AF) B-17s bomb Cape Gloucester area.

March 18, 1943
(5th AF) Single B-17's strafe barges northeast of Cape Gloucester.

March 19, 1943
(5th AF) Single B-17's strike Cape Gloucester.

March 21, 1943
(5th AF) A B-24 claims a direct hit on a cargo vessel ESE of Cape Gloucester.

April 1, 1943
(5th AF) B-17's attack Cape Gloucester Airfield.

April 2, 1943
(5th AF) Single B-24 hit Cape Gloucester Airfield.

April 4, 1943
(5th AF) Single B-17's bomb Cape Gloucester.

April 5, 1943
(5th AF) Single B-17's hit Cape Gloucester.

April 6, 1943
(5th AF) Single B-17's strafes Cape Gloucester.

April 7, 1943
(5th AF) Single heavy bombers attack Cape Gloucester.

April 19, 1943
(5th AF) Single medium or heavy bombers bomb Cape Gloucester Airfield.

April 24, 1943
(5th AF) Single B-24's bomb the runway at Cape Gloucester Airfield.

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

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

May 5, 1943
(5th AF) A lone B-24 bombs Cape Gloucester Airfield.

May 10, 1943
(5th AF) B-25's pound Cape Gloucester Airfield.

May 13, 1943
(5th AF) A-20's hit Cape Gloucester Airfield and area.

May 15, 1943
(5th AF) Single B-24's bomb Cape Gloucester.

May 17, 1943
(5th AF) Single B-24's bomb Cape Gloucester.

May 18, 1943
(5th AF) Heavy bombers, operating individually, hit Cape Gloucester.

May 25, 1943
(5th AF) Heavy bombers, operating individually, hit Cape Gloucester.

May 29, 1943
(5th AF) Heavy bombers, operating individually, hit Cape Gloucester.

Click For EnlargementJune 13, 1943
(5th AF) Reconnaissance photography over Cape Gloucester.

June 17, 1943
(5th AF) A single B-24 bombs Cape Gloucester Airfield d and, during the night of 17/18 Jun, a B-25 attacks power launches nearby, sinking 1 and badly damaging 2 more.

June 18, 1943
(5th AF) B-25's bomb and strafe power launches off Cape Gloucester.

June 30, 1943
(5th AF) One heavy bomber scores a hit on a cargo vessel off Cape Gloucester.

July 3, 1943
(5th AF) A lone B-17 bombs Cape Gloucester Airfield.

Click For EnlargementJuly 28, 1943
B-25's hit Cape Gloucester Airfield and 2 destroyers offshore. Lost is B-25C "Johnny Pom Pom / Eager Eagle" 41-12906. Sunk is Mikazuki.

July 30, 1943
Single B-24's bomb Cape Gloucester.

July 31, 1943
(5th AF) A-20's blast several barges in the Cape Gloucester area.

Augst 4, 1943
(5th AF) Single B-24's bombs Gloucester Airfield.

August 12, 1943
(5th AF) A B-24 hits Cape Gloucester Airfield.

August 20, 1943
(5th AF) B-25's strafe barges near Cape Gloucester.

August 30, 1943
(5th AF) B-26's bomb Cape Gloucester Airfield.

September 1, 1943
(5th AF) B-26's bomb Cape Gloucester area.

September 3, 1943
(5th AF) Heavy bombers hit the Cape Gloucester.

September 4, 1943
(5th AF) B-25's hit Cape Gloucester Airfield.

September 12, 1943
(5th AF)B-25's hit barges near Cape Gloucester.

September 19, 1943
(5th AF) B-17's and B-24's bomb Cape Gloucester Airfield and the surrounding area.

September 21, 1943
(5th AF) B-24's hit Cape Gloucester.

October 2, 1943
(5th AF) B-24 bombs Cape Gloucester Airfield.

October 8, 1943
(5th AF) A single B-24 on armed reconnaissance bombs Cape Gloucester Airfield.

October 13, 1943
(5th AF) B-24's hit Cape Gloucester.

October 14, 1943
(5th AF) medium bombers pound Cape Gloucester.

October 18, 1943
(5th AF) B-24s bomb Cape Gloucester.

Click For EnlargementOctober 26, 1943
(5th AF) Reconnaissance photography over Cape Gloucester spots dummy gun positions.

October 29, 1943
(5th AF) P-47's strafe the Cape Gloucester area.

November 3, 1943
(5th AF) B-24's fly light strikes against shipping (sinking 1 vessel) between Talasea and Cape Gloucester.

Click For EnlargementNovember 22, 1943
(5th AF) B-25's and B-24's bomb Cape Gloucester.

November 29, 1943
(5th AF) 35 B-25's and B-26's bomb Cape Gloucester.

November 30, 1943
(5th AF) B-24's bomb Cape Gloucester Airfield.

December 1, 1943
(5th AF) 16 A-20's hit the Cape Gloucester area.

December 3, 1943
(5th AF) 60+ B-24's and B-25's bomb Cape Gloucester Airfield.

December 4, 1943
(5th AF) 50 bombers hit Cape Gloucester Airfield.

December 5, 1943
(5th AF) 40 B-24's bomb Cape Gloucester. A-20's destroy small craft off New Britain.

December 6, 1943
(5th AF) Nearly B-24's and B-25's hit Cape Gloucester.

December 7, 1943
(5th AF) B-24's and B-25's attack the Cape Gloucester.

December 10, 1943
(5th AF) 27 B-24's bomb targets at Cape Gloucester.

Decembeer 15, 1943
(5th AF) B-24's bomb Cape Gloucester.

December 16, 1943
(5th AF) B-24's hit Cape Gloucester Airfield. Six Ki-49 Helens of the 9th Sentai take off to attack Arawe, but are intercepted over Cape Gloucester. Five are shot down, the sixth Ki-49 Helen 3297 force lands at Cape Gloucester Airfield.

December 17, 1943
(5th AF) Cape Gloucester and nearby shipping are attacked by B-24's and B-25's.

December 18, 1943
(5th AF) 70+ B-24's, B-25's, and B-26's bomb Cape Gloucester.

December 19, 1943
(5th AF) Cape Gloucester is bombed by more than 140 B-24's, B-25's, and B-26's as pre-invasion operations increase.

December 21, 1943
(5th AF) Pre-invasion air strikes continue against Cape Gloucester as 100+ B-24's, B-25's, and A-20's pound the area.

December 22, 1943
(5th AF) 30+ B-24's, B-25's, and A-20's continue bombardment of Cape Gloucester.

Click For EnlargementDecember 23, 1943
(5th AF) 61 B-24's bomb Cape Gloucester during the day; B-24's follow during the night of 23/24 Dec with harassing attacks with small bombs, hand grenades, and beer bottles.

December 24, 1943
(5th AF) The pre-invasion bombing effort against Cape Gloucester reaches its peak as nearly 190 B-24's, B-25's, and A-20's pound the area in a day-long bombardment.

December 25, 1943
(5th AF) Cape Gloucester is subjected to almost around the clock air attacks by l80+ B-24's, B-25's, B-26's, and A-20's.

Click For EnlargementDecember 26, 1943
(5th AF) The US 1st Marine Division lands at Cape Gloucester at 0746 hours; 270+ B-25's. B-24's, and A-20's plaster the area between the Cape and Borgen Bay from 0714 to l614 hours; enemy aircraft attacking the landing force sink a destroyer and cause considerable damage to other ships, P-38's, P-40's, and P-47's claim 60+ airplanes shot down over the invasion area. Lost is A6M2 Zero 8224.

December 27, 1943
(5th AF) A-20's attack positions in the Cape Gloucester battle zone.

December 29, 1943
(5th AF) 120+ B-24's, B-25's, and B-26's pound positions at Cape Gloucester.
(USMC) Marines take the major objective Cape Gloucester Airfield.

December 30, 1943
(5th AF) A-20's hit positions in the Cape Gloucester area as US Marines completely secure the airfield.

Click For EnlargementDecember 31, 1943
(USMC) Marines raise the American flag at Cape Gloucester Airfield No. 2.  A-20's hit troop concentrations in the Cape Gloucester area.

January 1, 1944
(5th AF) A-20's continue to hit troop concentrations in the Cape Gloucester area.

January 4, 1944
(5th AF) B-25's attack artillery positions in the Cape Gloucester area.

January 7, 1944
(5th AF) B-24's bomb the Cape Gloucester area.

January 8, 1944
(5th AF) Fighters strafe the Sag Sag sawmill in the Cape Gloucester area.

January 28, 1944
(5th AF) A-20's attack in the Cape Gloucester area.

January 29, 1944
(5th AF) 45 A-20's hit positions in the Cape Gloucester area.

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