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Allied missions against Kahili and Kahili Airfield (Buin Airfield)
October 18, 1942 - September 27, 1944

October 18, 1942
(5th AF) B-17s attack Kahili Airfield and shipping off Kahili.

November 1, 1942
(5th AF) B-17s strike Kahili Airfield.

November 13, 1942
(5th AF) B-17s bomb the airfield at Kahili.

December 21, 1942
(13th AF) B-17s attack two cargo ships near Kahili; a direct hit is scored on one ship. No B-17s are lost.

January 15, 1943
(13th AF) B-17s and PBYs bomb Kahili.

January 16, 1943
(13th AF) B-17s bomb Kahili Airfield.

January 29, 1943
(13th AF) B-17s bomb Kahili Airfield.

February 4, 1943
(13th AF, USN) A single B-17 joins Navy aircraft in pounding Kahili Airfield.

February 15, 1943
(13th AF) B-24s, hindered by effective AA fire, bomb the airfields at Kahili.

February 17, 1943
(13th AF) Single B-24s bombs the airfield at Kahili.

February 18, 1943
(13th AF) B-17s attack the Kahili and shipping nearby.

February 19, 1943
(5th AF) B-17s bomb hit the Kahili Airfield.

February 20, 1943
(13th AF & USN) B-17s and PBYs bomb Kahili.
(5th AF) B-17s bomb Kahili Airfield.

February 24, 1943
(13th AF) B-24s bomb Kahili.

February 25, 1943
(13th AF) P-38s, P-40s and F4Us sweep the Kahili area.

February 28, 1943
(13th AF) B-24s bomb Kahili Airfield.

March 4, 1943
(13th AF) B-24s bomb Kahili.

March 6, 1943
(13th AF) B-24s bomb Kahili Airfield.

March 7, 1943
(13th AF) Single B-24 hit Kahili.

March 9, 1943
(13th AF) A B-24 bomb the airfields Kahili.

March 12, 1943
(13th AF) Kahili Airfield is hit by light B-24 raids.

March 16, 1943
(13th AF) B-17s and B-24s on harassing raids bomb Kahili Airfield.

March 17, 1943
(13th AF) B-17s fly harassing raid against Kahili.

March 19, 1943
(13th AF) B-17's and B-24's on armed reconnaissance bomb Kahili Airfield.

March 20, 1943
(13th AF) 18 B-17's and B-24's pound Kahili Airfield, while USN Avengers mine Kahili Harbor.

March 24, 1943
(13th AF, USN) B-17's and Navy dive-bombers hit Kahili Airfield.

March 29, 1943
(13th AF) B-17's and B-24's pound Buin and Kahili.

March 30, 1943
(13th AF) Heavy bombers continue snooper strikes on VilaAirfield and Kahili Airfield.

April 10, 1943
(13th AF) 3 B-24's hit Kahili Airfield.

April 11, 1943
(13th AF) B-17's bomb Kahili Airfield.

April 12, 1943
(13th AF) Single B-24's continue snooper strikes, hitting Kahili Airfield twice during the evening.

April 16, 1943
(13th AF) B-17's bomb Kahili Airfield. B-17's during the night of 16/17 Apr again fly a strike against Kahili Airfield.

April 25, 1943
(13th AF) 3 B-24's fly a harassing strike during the night of 25/26 Apr against Kahili Airfield.

April 27, 1943
(13th AF) B-17's hit Kahili Airfield.

April 28, 1943
(13th AF) B-24's continue snooper missions bombing the airfield at Kahili.

April 30, 1943
(13th AF) 5 B-17's bomb a bivouac area and revetments at Kahili Airfield.

May 6, 1943
(13th AF) During the evening, B-24's carry out harassing strikes on Kahili Airfield.

May 11, 1943
(13th AF) B-17's fly harassing strikes during the night of 10/11 against Kahili Airfield.

May 12, 1943
(13th AF) During the night of 11/12 May, B-17's fly snooper strikes against Kahili Airfield. During the early morning hours, P-40's and Navy aircraft hit AA positions, runway and revetments at Kahili Airfield.

May 13, 1943
(13th AF) During the night of 12/13 May, B-24's on snooper missions bomb Kahili Airfields. During the early evening, 5 B-17's again hit Kahili.

May 14, 1943
(13th AF) Single B-24's fly early evening snooper strikes against airfields at Kahili. During the night of 14/15 May, B-17's on a snooper mission bomb Kahili.

May 20, 1943
(13th AF) During the night of 20/21 May, heavy bombers on snooper missions bomb he Kahili area.

May 23, 1943
(13th AF) 5 B-24's bomb Kahili Airfield. Later, B-17's and B-24's, in a diversionary raid, bomb the Kahili area.

June 3, 1943
(13th AF) During the night of 3/4 Jun, B-17's bomb Kahili Airfield.

June 5, 1943
(13th AF, USN) In the early morning, a formation of B-17s bombed Japanese installations at Kahili and the Buin area in conjunction with a USN raid.

June 8, 1943
(13th AF) B-24's on armed reconnaissance bomb Kahili Airfield.

June 10, 1943
B-17's and B-24's pound Kahili Airfield twice during the day. Lost is B-17E "Madame X" 41-2525.

June 13, 1943
(13th AF) B-24's and B-17's again bomb Kahili Airfield.

June 14, 1943
(13th AF) 11 B-17's and B-24's bomb Kahili Airfield.

June 18, 1943
(13th AF) B-24's bomb Kahili Airfield.

June 20, 1943
(13th AF) B-24's blast Kahili airfield and other targets in the area.

June 25, 1943
(13th AF) B-24's attack the Kahili area.

June 27, 1943
(13th AF) B-24's bomb Kahili Airfield.

June 30, 1943
(13th AF) A B-24 strike on Kahili aborts because of bad weather.

July 6, 1943
(13th AF) B-17's and B-24's pound airfields at Kahili.

July 7, 1943
(13th AF) B-24's bomb Kahili Airfield.

July 9, 1943
(13th AF) B-24's bomb Kahili Airfield.

July 10, 1943
(13th AF) B-24's pound Kahili Airfield. F-5A Lightning piloted by 1st Lt Lt. Eugene R. Brown took off on a photo reconassiance mission over Kahili, Ballale and Shortland was intercepted by two Zeros from 582 Kokutai from Kahili Airfield (Buin) that shot out the left engine, but he managed to dive to 500' and escape landing safely.

July 11, 1943
(13th AF) B-24's and B-17's attack Kahili Airfield, hitting revetments east and west of the runway.

July 14, 1943
(13th AF) B-24's and B-17's pound Kahili.

July 16, 1943
(13th AF) 30+ B-24's and B-17's pound Kahili Airfield.

July 17, 1943
(USN) Five PB4Ys that took off from Guadalcanal on a predawn attack on Kahili. Two from VB-102 and three from VB-101 dropped cluster bombs from 12,000' over Kahili. On the return leg, two from VB-102 were jumped by a J1N1 Irving night fighter, likely from 251st Kokutai (from Ballale?). One fighter was seen to crash and burn. Shot down by nightfighters and observed going down was PB4Y-1 31952 (MIA).

July 18, 1943
(13th AF) 21 B-24's, 20+ P-40's and P-38's, and 140+ US Navy and Marine Corps dive bombers and fighters thoroughly blast the Kahili area.

July 19, 1943
(13th AF) B-17's bomb Kahili Airfield.

July 20, 1943
(13th AF) 18 B-24's bomb Kahili Airfield.

July 26, 1943
(13th AF) B-24's, P-38's, P-40's, and Navy aircraft hit a bivouac area and the runway at Kahili Airfield.

July 27, 1943
(13th AF) B-17's bomb Kahili Airfield.

August 1, 1943
(13th AF, USN) 1 B-24's, 16 P-38's, and P-40's, and 30+ US Navy airplanes pound Kahili Airfield.

Click For EnlargementClick For EnlargementAugust 9, 1943
(13th AF) Photo reconnaissance over Kahili Airfield.

August 12, 1943
(13th AF) 16 B-24's from the 307th BG and 9 B-24s from the 5th BG, 31st BS escorted by eight P-40s of the 44th FS and 22 F4Us from VMF-124 on a bombing mission over Kahili Airfield. The bombers drop 520 x 100lbs bombs on the runway and revetment areas and claim twenty aircraft destroyed on the ground. Returning, the formation is attacked by roughly 30 A6M Zeros over Ballale. 70th FS Cosgrove claimed a Zero and F4U piloted by Ken Walsh claimed two. In total, they the Allies claim 11 Zekes shot down. Lost is P-40F piloted by Smith and F4U Corsair.

August 13, 1943
(13th AF) 13 B-24 night mission Kahili while 8 B-24 night mission Ballale. Returning, one B-24 returning is hit by friendly anti-aircraft due to a Japanese air raid over Guadalcanal.

August 13, 1943
(13th AF) At night, 13 B-24 bomb Kahili Airfield. Eight B-24 bomb Ballale Airfield. Returning, one B-24 returning is hit by friendly anti-aircraft due to a Japanese air raid over Guadalcanal.

August 15, 1943
F4U's claim 10 Japanese shot down over Kahili

August 25, 1943
6 B-24's, along with 24 fighters, hit Kahili Airfield.

August 26, 1943
15 B-24's, with fighter escort, bomb Kahili Airfield

August 28, 1943
(USMC) VMF-214 F4U Corsairs conduct a strafing mission against Kahili Airfield (Buin). En route to the target, the formation experienced bad weather and became separated with only F4U piloted by Lt. Alvin J. Jensen strafing the target and claiming 24 aircraft burned, Japanese records indicate only five were burned and COMAIRSOLS claims only four. Lost is F4U Corsair 02577 pilot Lanphier who was taken POW, died May 15, 1944. (References: Target Rabaul page 125, Hellcat by Tillamanstates VF-33's first combat use of F6F was August 28, 1943, it was acutally September 2, 1943)

August 30, 1943
24 B-24's, along with 20 P-40's and P-39's and 20+ US Navy F4U's, pound Kahili Airfield.

September 2, 1943
18 B-24's, 20+ P-40's and P-39's, and 60+ USN planes attack Kahili.

September 3, 1943
20+ B-24's, 14 P-40's, and 30+ USN airplanes attack Kahili Airfield.

September 9, 1943
18 B-24's, with fighter escort, bomb Kahili Airfield. 2 nearby coastal guns are also hit.

September 11, 1943
25 B-24's, with fighter escort, bomb Kahili airfield; B-24's and fighters claim 7 aircraft shot down.

September 12, 1943
(USMC) At 4:45pm, four F4U Corsairs from VMF-214 made a strafing run from 50' over Kahili Airfield strafing the galley, anti-aircraft positions, trucks, a fuel bowser truck, parked fighters including two "Tonys" and claimed two parked planes were set on fire plus barges offshore. Lost returning was F4U Corsair 02338 (MIA).

September 14, 1943
(13th AF, USN) B-24's, with AAF and USN fighter escorts, bomb Kahili Airfield three times during the day.

September 15, 1943
B-25's bomb Kahili Airfield. B-24's, with fighter escort, later pound the Kahili runway area. During the night, B-25's hit Kahili Airfield twice.

September 23, 1943
23 B-24's, 16 P-38's, and 60+ USN dive bombers, covered by AAF, USMC, USN, and Royal New Zealand Air Force (RNZAF) fighters, attack Kahili; Allied aircraft claim at least 9 fighters shot down.

September 26, 1943
21 B-24's, covered by 14 P-38's, bomb a bivouac near Kahili; 30 P-40's and P-39's and 15 USN F4U's support 50+ USN dive bombers in a strike on the hangar area of the airfield at Kahili.

September 27, 1943
27 B-24's, 20+ P-40's and P-39's, and several USN fighters pound the Kahili area.

September 30, 1943
16 B-24's, covered by 20+ P-38's and P-40's and a few US Navy F4U's, pound the Kahili airfield area, hitting a supply and bivouac area NE of the runway.

October 4, 1943
(13th AF, USN) 23 B-24's, covered by 16 P-38's and several USN F4U's, bomb Kahili Airfield; 20-30 fighters intercept, and a running battle occurs between Bougainville and Vella Lavella; US fighters and bombers claim 9 fighters downed; no American losses are suffered.

October 6, 1943
(13th AF) 24 B-25's of the 42nd BG and 14 P-38's carry out a low-level strike against Kahili Airfield at dusk dropping parafrag bombs, damaging or destroying several parked aircraft. Lost is B-25D 41-30567 (MIA).

October 10, 1943
(13th AF) The remaining aircraft hit Kahili Airfield and surrounding  areas, hitting runways, a fuel dump, supply area, buildings. The bombing was not accurate with about half the load falling into the water off Bougainville 'killing many small fish'. Jumped by 10-15 Zeros, and fired on by accurate anti-aircraft guns at Kahili.

PacificWrecks.comOctober 11, 1943
(13th AF) 22 B-24's join 30+ USN dive bombers in pounding Kahili Airfield and the nearby area. Hits are scored on the airstrip, fuel dumps, supply areas, gun positions, bridges between Rangu and Jakohina, barges at the mouth of the Uguima River, and several other targets.

October 15, 1943
(13th AF) 21 B-24's, 12 P-38's, and 17 USN F4U's pound Kahili Airfield supply  and personnel areas. 6 Zekes are claimed shot down.

October 18, 1943
(USMC) F4U Corsairs of VMF-214 and VMF-221 conduct a fighter sweep against Kahili Airfield and are intercepted by 40-50 Zeros. Lost is F4U Corsair 17557 (MIA).

October 19, 1943
(13th AF, USN) Kahili Airfields are hit by B-24's, Venturas, P-38's, P-40's, and USN fighters and dive bombers.

October 20, 1943
(13th AF) 24 P-40's and nearly 50 USN F4U's sweep Kahili; one force of F4U's encounters fighters, claiming 3 destroyed.

October 22, 1943
(13th AF) Kahili Airfield and the surrounding areas are pounded by 22 B-24's, 30+ P-39's and P-40's and about 160 USN fighters and dive bombers.

October 23, 1943
(13th AF) 11 B-24's and 16 P-38's hit Kahili Airfield. Kahili is attacked again later in the day by 6 B-24's.

October 24, 1943
(13th AF, RNZAF, USN) 36 B-25's, along with 24 Royal New Zealand Air Force (RNZAF) P-40's and 4 USN F4U's, in 1 force, and 20 AAF fighter and 70+ USN fighters and dive bombers in another force, pound Kahili Airfield.

October 26, 1943
(13th AF) Kahili Airfield is hit twice during the day by B-24's, B-25's, P-38's, P-40's, P-39's, and USN fighters and dive bombers.

October 27, 1943
(13th AF) B-24's pound Kahili, P-40's over Kahili claim 3 Zekes shot down.

November 1, 1943
(13th AF) 21 B-24's bomb Kahili Airfield.

November 2, 1943
(13th AF) 20 B-24's bomb Kahili Airfield.

November 9, 1943
(13th AF) B-24s bomb Kahili Airfeild.

November 13, 1943
(13th AF) Night fighters harass Kahili Airfield.

November 15, 1943
(13th AF) 18 B-24's bomb Kahili.

November 15-16, 1943
(13th AF) During the night P-70's harass Kahili Airfield.

November 24, 1943
(13th AF) 20 B-25s of the 42nd BG hit Kahili Airfield. Lost is B-25 "Careless" 4?-?148 (rescued).

December 7, 1943
(13th AF) B-25's carry out strikes against Kahili.

December 10, 1943
(13th AF) B-25's bomb the Kahili supply area and Kahili Airfield.

December 11, 1943
(13th AF) 16 B-25's, in 2 waves, attack Kahili.

December 12, 1943
(13th AF) 20+ B-24's bomb the Kahili area.

December 18, 1943
(13th AF) 10 B-24's bomb the Kahili supply area. Later, B-24's, operating individually and in small flights, on armed reconnaissance attack Kahili.

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

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

December 26, 1943
(13th AF) 25 B-25's pound the bivouac and supply area at Kahili.

December 27, 1943
(13th AF) 20+ B-25's bomb Kahili supply dumps.

December 28, 1943
(13th AF) 22 B-25's hit the Kahili supply area.

December 30, 1943
(13th AF) 16 B-24's and 35 B-25's bomb Kahili and the bivouac and supply areas in the vicinity.

January 1, 1944
(13th AF) Six B-25's and 2 B-24's bomb Kahili.

January 3, 1944
(13th AF) 6 B-25's bomb Moisuru a bivouac area near Kahili.

January 5, 1944
(13th AF) B-24's attack Kahili supply area.

January 8, 1944
(13th AF) B-24's bomb Kahili.

January 9, 1944
(13th AF) B-25's hit Kahili supply area.

January 10, 1944
(13th AF) 5 B-24's hit the Kahili supply area.

January 21, 1944
(13th AF) P-39's strafe Kahili.

February 14, 1944
(13th AF) B-25 hit Kahili.

February 17, 1944
(13th AF) Fighters hit a bridge N of Kahili.

March 1, 1944
(13th AF) 10 B-24s from the 5th BG, 23rd BS and 11 B-24s from 5th BG, 31st BS bomb Kahili Airfield.

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

June 4, 1944
(13th AF) A lone B-25 bombs Kahili.

June 6, 1944
(13th AF, USN) P-39s and US Navy aircraft hit vehicles near Hari; other P-39s pound a pier and buildings in SE Kahili.

September 27, 1944
(USN) Four TDR Dromes of STAG-1 are tested against anti-aircraft emplacements in a beached merchant ship defending Kahili Airfield. Two out of four TDR's struck the target ship.

 

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