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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 last Ki-49 Helen 3297 force lands at Cape Gloucester.

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 as the US Marines take the major objective, the 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
(5th AF) 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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