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Japanese missions against Lae and Lae Airfield
February 5, 1942

January 21, 1942
(IJN) Japanese aircraft attack Lae Airfield.

February 5, 1942
(IJN) At 9:15 four planes dropped 35 bombs on Lae. At 10:20am, a second strike of five planes hit Lae.

American missions against Lae and Lae Airfield

Click For EnlargementMarch 10, 1942
(USN) Task Force 11 (TF-11) carrier air strike was launched from aircraft carriers USS Lexington and USS Yorktown in the Gulf of Papua, with SBDs hitting Lae. The raids caught the Japanese by surprise and hiting shipping engaged in landing troops and supplies at Lae.
(5th AF) Meanwhile, six B-17s of the 435th BS lead by Major Richard H. Carmichael took off from Garbutt Field on a bombing mission against Lae Airfield. This was the only mission in the New Guinea theater when US Navy and USAAF units operated together.

March 22, 1942
(RAAF) 75 Squadron P-40s strafe Lae Airfield, two Zeros flying top cover dive down to attack them. Other P-40s arrive, lost is P-40E Kittyhawk A29-16 (POW/MIA pilot captured, later executed). Intercepting, two Zeros were shot down by Hudson gunners. Lost are A6M2 piloted by Yamazaki and A6M2 piloted by Kikuchii.

April 7, 1942
(RAAF, 5th AF) Nine 3rd BG A-24s Dive Bombers escorted by six P-40E Kittyhawks from 75 Squadron bomb Lae. Lost is A-24 Dive Bomber 41-15798 (MIA).

April 11, 1942
(RAAF) P-40E Kittyhawks from 75 Squadron perform a fighter sweep over Lae.
(5th AF) 3rd BG A-24 Dive Bombers bomb Lae, lost is A-24 Dive Bomber 41-15773 (KIA).

April 13, 1942
(5th AF) Seven A-24s from the 3rd Bombardment Group escorted by 8 P-40E Kittyhawks from 75 Squadron attack Lae. Lost is P-40E Kittyhawk A29-15 (MIA).

April 30, 1942
(5th AF) P-39's flying out of Port Moresby strafe airplanes and fuel dumps at Lae. Also at dawn three B-26s bomb Lae Airfield releasing their bombs over parked aircraft.

May 4, 1942
(5th AF) P-39's and B-17's hit the airfield at Lae Airfield. Lost were P-39D 41-6956 (MIA) P-39D 41-6825 (MIA) and P-39D 41-6971 (MIA), P-39F 41-7145 (MIA).

May 14, 1942
(5th AF) B-17's, B-26's and B-25's attack Lae

May 15, 1942
(5th AF) B-25's, B-26's and and B-17's hit the airfield and storehouses at Lae

May 16, 1942
(5th AF) B-25's, B-26's and and B-17's hit Lae Airfield and storehouses at Lae. In an afternoon sortie, the B-25s return to bomb Lae Airfield lost on the return flight is B-25C 41-12478 (crew rescued).

May 21, 1942
(5th AF) B-26's bomb aircraft at Lae Airfield.

May 22, 1942
(5th AF) B-26s from the 22nd Bomb Group and B-25s from the from the 3rd Bomb Group hit Lae Airfield and attack shipping in the harbor. Lost are B-25C 41-12981 (MIA), B-25D 41-29692 (KIA, BR).

May 23, 1942
(5th AF) Five B-25's of the 3rd BG strike Lae Airfield and buildings at Lae. Lost are B-25C 41-12491 (survived, 4 MIA) and B-25C 41-12462 (5 MIA, 1 POW).

May 24, 1942
(5th AF) B-26's and B-25 of the 3rd BG attack Lae Airfield.

May 25, 1942
(5th AF) Eight B-25s from the 3rd Bomb Group attack Lae Airfield. Lost are B-25C 41-12441 (MIA), B-25C 41-12448 (MIA), B-25C 41-12450 (MIA), B-25C 41-12466 (MIA) and B-25C 41-12498 (MIA).

May 28, 1942
(5th AF) B-26's attack Lae Airfield. Shot down by A6M2 Zeros is B-26 40-1467 (MIA).

May 31, 1942
(5th AF) B-17's attack Lae.

June 1, 1942
(5th AF) B-17s attack Lae.

June 9, 1942
(5th AF) B-17s, B-25s, and B-26s attack Lae. In the afternoon, In the afternoon, 22nd BG B-26s and 19th BG B-17s hit Lae.

June 16, 1942
(5th AF) 22nd BG B-26s and 19th BG B-17s hit Lae.

June 20, 1942
(5th AF) B-17s bomb the runway at Lae Airfield.

June 27. 1942
(5th AF) 22nd BG B-26s bomb Lae.

June 29, 1942
(5th AF) B-17s hit Lae Airfield during the night.

June 30, 1942
(5th AF) B-25s and 22nd BG B-26s hit Lae.

July 3, 1942
(5th AF) B-17s attack Lae Airfield.

July 4, 1942
(5th AF) B-17s, B-26s and B-25s bomb Lae Airfield.

July 5, 1942
(5th AF) B-17s and 22nd BG B-26's attack Lae.

Augusut 6, 1942
(5th AF) B-25s and B-26s from the 22nd Bombardment Group Lae Airfield.

August 7, 1942
(5th AF) 22nd Bombardment Group B-26s attack Lae.

August 8, 1942
(5th AF) B-17s, B-25s and B-26s bomb runway at Lae Airfield and targets of opportunity at Lae.

August 22, 1942
(5th AF) B-17s bomb Lae Airfield.

August 31, 1942
(5th AF) B-26 bomb Lae escorted by Airacobras of the 80th Fighter Squadron.

September 1, 1942
(5th AF) Ten B-26s from the 22nd BG led by B-26 "Kansas Comet II" 40-1433 bomb Lae Airfield. Before reaching the target, three abort the mission. The remaining seven bomb the target but half their bombs fall into the sea, the other half hit Lae Airfield.

September 13, 1942
(5th AF) B-26s pound Lae Airfield.

September 17, 1942
(5th AF) B-17s hit Lae.

September 19, 1942
(5th AF) A-20s and B-26s strafe and bomb the airfield at Lae

September 28, 1942
(5th AF) 1 B-17 bombs Lae Airfield.

October 9, 1942
(5th AF) 14 B-25s hit Lae Airfield.

October 14, 1942
(5th AF) B-25s attack Lae.

October 24, 1942
(5th AF) B-25s hit Lae Airfield.

October 26, 1942
(5th AF) B-25s hit Lae Airfield.

November 1, 1942
(5th AF) B-25s bomb Lae Airfield and dump area at Lae. Also, A-20s escorted by sixteen P-40s attack Lae. Lost is P-40E 41-36173 (MIA).

November 3, 1942
(5th AF) B-17s bomb Lae Airfield and wharf at Lae.

November 17, 1942
(5th AF) B-25s bomb Lae Airfield.
(RAAF) Beaufighters from 30 Squadron make a low level strafing raid over Lae Airfield.

November 18, 1942
(5th AF) B-25s bomb Lae Airfield.

November 22, 1942
(5th AF) B-17s and B-25s hit Lae Airfield and barges between Lae.

November 24, 1942
(5th AF) B-17s bomb destroyers and a light cruiser between Lae and Finschhafen.

November 28, 1942
(5th AF) B-26s bomb Lae Airfield.

November 29, 1942
(5th AF) B-25s and a single A-20 bomb Lae Airfield. Also, one B-24 bombed Lae Airfield at 8:00am.

December 4, 1942
(5th AF) During the night of 3/4 Dec, B-17s bomb Lae Airfield.


February 4, 1943
(5th AF) A-20s and B-25s bomb Lae Airfield and Lae Harbor and nearby AA positions.

February 6, 1943
An Australian coast watcher reports that there are 60+ Japanese aircraft on Lae Airfield. (5th AF, RAAF) 7 B-25s, 1 B-24, 22 P-38s, 11 P-39s, 5 P-400s and 8 P-40s plus 5 Royal Australian Air Force Beaufighters to attack Lae Airfield. When they arrive, they find Lae Airfield empty; the Japanese were airborne attacking Wau Airfield.

February 14, 1943
(5th AF) B-25s bomb Lae Airfield.


May 31, 1943
(5th AF) B-24's pound Lae Airfield and Lae town area.


July 26, 1943
(5th AF) B-24's and B-17's bomb Lae Airfield.


September 13, 1943
(5th AF) B-25's hit Lae.

September 14, 1943
(5th AF) B-25's attack Lae.

September 15, 1943
(5th AF) . B-17's bomb the Lae area. Lost is B-17F "Listen Here Tojo" 41-24552 (MIA).

September 16, 1943
(5th AF) B-17's, B-26's, B-25's, and A-20's pound enemy positions at Lae after which Lae Airfield and town (evacuated by Japanese) are occupied by Australian forces.

September 22, 1943
(5th AF) A-20's and B-25's hit Lae.

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


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