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Allied missions against Rekata Bay, Suavanao Point and Papatura Fa
August 5, 1942 - August 26, 1943

August 5, 1942
(USN) aircraft destroyed a concentration of seaplanes at Rekata Bay.

December 18, 1942
(RNZAF) Lost on a patrol mission is Hudson NZ2054 (MIA/POW)

Click For EnlargementSeptember 15, 1942
Aerial reconassance photo of Rekata Bay and Suavanao Point.

October 30, 1942
(USMC) Fighters of VMF-212 shot down "float planes" at Rekata Bay, claiming 5 victories at 0515:
1/Lt Jack Conger: 2, 1/Lt Frank Drury: 1, 1/Lt Robert Sout: 1, 1/Lt. William Watkins Jr; : 1

January 1, 1943
(13th AF) B-26s of the 69th BS bomb from 7,000', damaging the Sanyo Maru with a near miss. Nine F1M2 Pete intercept, but fail to make contact.

January 7, 1943
(13th AF) B-26s of the 69th BS with P-39 escort attack Rekata Bay, two planes are lost. B-26 "Krejan" 41-17550 is shot down by anti-aircraft fire over the target.

January 13, 1943
(13th AF) B-26s with P-39 and P-38 escort pound the Rekata Bay, no loss.

January 22, 1943
(13th AF) B-17s bomb the Rekata Bay without loss.

January 25, 1943
(13th AF) P-38s bomb Rekata Bay area.

February 22, 1943
(USN, 13th AF) P-38s, P-39s and Navy aircraft hit Rekata Bay area.

March 22, 1943
(13th AF) P-38s strafe Rekata Bay area.

March 31, 1943
(13th AF) P-40's and P-38's hit the Suavanau Point area of Rekata Bay.

April 11, 1943
(USN, 13th AF) P-38's and Navy fighters strafe gun positions in the Rekata Bay.

May 2, 1943
(13th AF) B-17's on harassing strikes hit the Rekata Bay area.

Click For DetailsMay 3, 1943
(USN, 13th AF) P-40s, P-38s, SBD and USN fighters hit buildings, AA positions.

May 4, 1943
(13th AF) B-17s fly snooper strikes against Rekata Bay area.

June 26, 1943
(13th AF) P-38s strafe the area.

July 23, 1943
(13th AF) B-25's and P-40's, and USN SBDs, pound the Rekata Bay area.

August 5, 1943
(13th AF) B-24's bomb the shore of Rekata Bay.

Click For EnlargementAugust 6, 1943
(USN, USMC, 13th AF) 24 B-17's & B-24's, 24 B-25's, and 50+ USN and USMC fighters and dive bombers pound the Rekata Bay area, bivouac and supply areas.

August 11, 1943
(13th AF) Five B-24's hit a supply area on the east side of Suavanau Point and Papatura Fa.

August 13, 1943
(13th AF) 12 B-25's bomb supply areas at Rekata Bay. Two B-24's on armed reconnaissance hit Suavanau Point.

August 14, 1943
(13th AF) 9 B-17's bomb the Rekata Bay area.

August 15, 1943
(13th AF) B-25's bomb Papatura Fa.

August 16, 1943
(13th AF) NIne B-24's bomb Papatura Fa near Rekata Bay.

August 24, 1943
(13th AF) Twenty-five B-24's with fighter escort, bomb Papatura Fa.

August 26, 1943
(13th AF) Fifteen B-24's bomb Papatura Ite and supply areas on Papatura Fa.

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