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American missions Shortland Island, Shortland Harbor and Tuha Chanel
May 6, 1942 - December 1943 - May 15, 1944
See also American missions against Faisi and American missions against Poporang

May 6, 1942
(USAAF) Four B-17s unsuccessfully bomb Japanese CruDiv 6 in the Shortland anchorage.Click For Enlargement

October 9, 1942
(5th AF) Aerial reconassaince photo of the Shortland area.

October 16, 1942
(5th AF) B-17s bomb shipping off Moila Point and the Shortland Islands.

Click For EnlargementNovember 1, 1942
(5th AF) B-17s strike shipping in Shortland area.

December 17, 1942
Aerial reconassaince photo of the Faisi area.

January 1, 1943
(13th AF) B-17s with P-38s bomb destroyers 30 miles south of Shortland without loss.

Click For EnlargementJanuary 5, 1943
Aerial reconassaince photo of the Faisi area.

January 7, 1943
(13th AF) B-17s with P-38 and P-40 escorts attack a transport near Shortland without loss.

January 18, 1943
(13th AF) B-17s, P-38s and P-40s attack shipping at Shortland

January 20, 1943
(13th AF) B-17s with fighter escort attack ships near Shortland without scoring hits. They are met by Zekes and float biplanes; eight are shot down with the loss of one US fighter.

February 1, 1943
(13th AF) B-17s attack shipping in the Shortland-Bougainville area.

February 2, 1943
(13th AF) P-40s and P-38s, attack shipping off Shortland. Of the 20 Japanese aircraft which intercept, 9 are claimed destroyed.

February 13, 1943
(USN & 13th AF) 9 PB4Ys of VP-51 escorted by 4 P-38s and 11 F4Us of VMF-124 and 6 B-24s escorted by 4 P-38s and 7 P-40s take off on separate missions to hit shipping in the Shortland-Kahilli-Buin, area. On the way to the target, 3 P-40s and 2 P-38s had aborted the mission leaving the B-24s with an escort of 2 P-38s and 4 P-40s; this force is attacked by 45 enemey fighters over the target. Three B-24s, 2 P-40s and 4 P-38s are lost on this mission due to engine trouble, AA and enemy action.

February 14, 1943
(USN & 13th AF) 9 PB4Ys escorted by 10 P-38s and 12 F4Us attack shipping in the Buin, Bougainville-Shortland area. The bombers score several hits on a cargo ships and near misses on two others. The formation is then attack by 30 Zekes and about 15 floatplanes. In the ensuing battle, we claim 14 Zekes and 1 Pete shot down; Japanese records show they lost 3 Zekes. We lose 2 PB4Ys, 4 P-38s and 2 F4Us. Because of the losses suffered yesterday and today, all daylight bombing missions in the northern Solomons are halted until adequate fighter protection can be furnished.

March 27, 1943
(13th AF) 17th Reconnaissance Squadron’s Lockheed F-5As flying photographic reconnaissance missions pinpoint the Faisi-Poporang area in the Shortland Islands as the principal IJN seaplane base in the Solomons. Recon photos showed 27 floatplanes on moorings in Shortlands.

March 28, 1943
(13th AF) F-5As of the 17th Reconnaissance Squadron reconnaissance photo reveals 27 floatplanes at their moorings at Shortland Harbor.

March 29, 1943
Click For Enlargement(USN & 13th AF) A joint-service fighter sweep by led by Captain Tom Lanphier with eight Lockheed P-38 Lightnings of the 70th Fighter Squadron, USAAF and eight Marine Chance-Vought F-4U-1 Corsairs of VMF-124, USMC. Due to poor weather and difficulty in rendevouing, only five P-38s (Lanphier, Barber, Petit, Topoll and Moore) and one Corsair (Dale) reach the target. They strafe the seaplane bases at Shortland at dawn, and set fire to 5 - 7 Pete floatplanes and strafe Subchaser No. 28 on their way back to base. (Other damage reports state they claimed 8 aircraft destroyed, and attack a destroyer east of Shortland, leaving it listing.)

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

May 13, 1943
Allied intellegence observed 10 floatplanes in the harbor.

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

July 10, 1943
(13th AF) 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 Buin that shot out the left engine, but managed to dive to 500' and escape landing safely.

August 6, 1943
A F5A photo recon lightning, escorted by eight F4Us from VMF-221 on Banika preform an armed reconnassiance on Shortland Harbor. They suprise enemy Rufe and Jake seaplanes taking off, and are attacked by about a dozen A6M Zeros in the air, probably from Ballale patroling. They shoot down five enemy planes. Lost is F4U 02492 (rescued). Two F4Us are damaged.

Bulletin No. 507 Extracts: 10 August 1943: "Grand Imperial HQ News (1530 on the 9th) on the 6th, 16 enemy planes attacked Shortland Island but our naval fighter unit shot down 15 of them while our loss was only one plane."

October 9, 1943
(USMC) F4U Corsairs from VMF-222 provide cover and strafe Shortland

November 13, 1943
Night fighters harass the Shortland

November 14, 1943
(13th AF) P-70 night fighters hit the Shortland-Faisi area, claiming a seaplane and 2 barges destroyed.

November 30, 1943
(13th AF) 17 B-25's bomb Malai on Shortland

December 2, 1943
(13th AF) B-24's bomb Korovo

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

December 11, 1943
Several aircraft on armed reconnaissance, operating individually or in small flights, attack targets of opportunity scattered throughout Bougainville and the Shortland area.

December 14, 1943
ther 13th Air Force fighters hit targets of opportunity at scattered points on Shortland

December 18, 1943
(13th AF) 11 B-25s bomb Korovo

December 20, 1943
(13th AF) 13 B-25's, with fighter cover, bomb Korovo village and docks on Shortland

December 24, 1943
6 P-39's on patrol bomb and strafe targets on Shortland

December 30, 1943
(13th AF) 6 B-25's bomb the Korovo area.

January 23, 1944
(13th AF) Twenty P-39's strafe targets of opportunity in the Shortland area.

January 28, 1944
(13th AF) Sixteen P-39's strafe the Shortland area

February 29, 1944
(USN) Fighters, hit targets of opportunity throughout S Bougainville and Shortland Islands.

March 3, 1944
(13th AF) P-39s hit targets of opportunity on the eastern part of Shortland.

March 4, 1944
(13th AF) Shortland targets of opportunity are hit by P-40s on patrol.

May 15, 1944
(13th AF) Fighters make sweeps over Shortland.

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