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Allied missions against Nissan Island and Green Island Atoll
January 1942 - February 10, 1944

January 1942
(RAAF) Hudson from 24 Squadron that took off from Vunakanau Airfield and attempted to bomb the Green Island anchorage area and are intercepted by F1M2 Pete floatplanes.

November 18, 1943
(13th AF) 3 B-25's strafe Green Island.

November 26, 1943
(RNZAF) A few Venturas attack Green Island, causing heavy damage in the bivouac and supply area and sinking a barge.

December 3, 1943
(13th AF)  B-24's on armed reconnaissance hit a variety of targets, including Green Island.

December 16, 1943
(RNZAF) Ventura's attack targets on Green Island.

December 19, 1943
(13th AF) B-25's on armed reconnaissance hit targets of opportunity on Nissan

January 30, 1944
(New Zealand Army) A raiding party of 300 soldiers, mostly from the New Zealand Army 30 Battalion lands on Nissan Island. After reconnoitering for 24 hours, the group was withdrawn by sea having suffered five killed and ten wounded.
(USN) Afterwards, "frogmen" from two U. S. Navy combat demolition unit teams: NCDU 4 and NCDU 5 cleared obstacles from the landing area.

February 6, 1944
(RNZAF) Ventura's hit barges in the Green Island area.

February 10, 1944
(13th AF) P-39s hit Green Island.

February 15, 1944
(New Zeland, U. S. Army) American troops plus the New Zealand Army 3rd New Zealand Division (less the 8th Brigade) landed on Nissan Island as part of Operation Square Peg. At the time of the landing, only about 500 Japanese base troops were stationed on Nissan, the rest had withdrawn to Feni Island.  The remaining Japanese defenders fought to the death with none surrendering. On February 23, 1944 organized Japanese resistance ceased but mopping up operations continued until the end of the month.

 

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