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American missions against Vila and Vila Airfield
January 28 - October 2, 1943

January 28, 1943
(13th AF) Five B-26s and 12 P-39s attack Vila Airfield.

January 29, 1943
(13th AF) B-26s and P-39s hit a bivouac area at Vila.

January 31, 1943
(13th AF) B-17s bomb the ammunition dump and airfield at Vila, Allied fighters, carry out sweeps over Vila.

February 9. 1943
(13th AF) B-26s, escorted by P-38s and P-39s, pound Vila Airfield.

February 11, 1943
(13th AF) B-26s, P-38s and P-39s bomb Vila Airfield.

February 15, 1943
(13th AF) B-26s, P-39s and P-40s attack Vila Airfield on Kolombangara.

February 20, 1943
(13th AF) B-24s pound Vila on Kolombangara

February 25/26, 1943
(13th AF) P-38s and Navy aircraft hit Vila on Kolombangara during the night.

February 28, 1943
(13th AF) P-38s and Navy aircraft attack Vila Airfield on Kolombangara

March 7, 1943
(13th AF) Single B-24s hit Vila Airfield

March 8, 1943
(13th AF) Vila is hit by light B-24 raids

May 11/12, 1943
(13th AF) USS Nashville CL-43 bombards Vila Airfield.  And explosion of powers charges on the ship's forward turret kills 18 and wounds 17.

March 13, 1943
(13th AF) Vila Airfield attacked by B-24s in light raids

March 15, 1943
(13th AF) Single B-17s hit Vila Airfield

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

March 17, 1943
(13th AF) B-17s continue harassing raids against Vila

March 27, 1943
(13th AF) P-39's join Navy aircraft in an attack on Vila Airfield.

March 30, 1943
(13th AF) Heavy bombers continue snooper strikes on Vila

April 27, 1943
(13th AF) B-24's pound Vila

May 3, 1943
(13th AF) B-17's fly snooper strikes during the night of 3/4 May against Vila Airfield

May 8, 1943
(13th AF) P-40's and P-38's hit AA positions at Vila.

June 9, 1943
(13th AF) B-17's, P-40's, and P-38's' pound the airfields at Vila.

June 14, 1943
(13th AF) 18 B-25's, escorted by F4U's, hit Vila Airfield.

June 20, 1943
(13th AF) P-40's join Marine and Navy airplanes in a strike against Vila Airfield. Hits are scored on the runway and dump area.

June 25, 1943
(13th AF) B-25's, escorted by P-40's, hit the runway at Vila Airfield

July 7, 1943
(13th AF) B-25's and P-38's attack Vila Airfield

July 12, 1943
(13th AF) 10 B-25's attack Vila Airfield, which is hit later in the day by B-24's on armed reconnaissance.

July 31, 1943
(13th AF) B-17's, B-25's, P-40's, and US Navy aircraft attack the airfield at Vila

August 8, 1943
(13th AF) 23 B-25's, with P-38's, P-39's, and US Navy F4U's as cover, bomb Vila

August 9, 1943
(13th AF) 10 B-25's, with fighter cover, bomb Vila. Shortly thereafter 22 B-24's strike the same target.

August 13, 1943
(13th AF) 2 B-17s others on armored reconnaissance bomb Vila

August 16, 1943
(13th AF) 12 B-25's, 5 B-17's, and 30+ US Navy planes attack Vila Airfield.

August 31, 1943
(13th AF) 22 B-25's and 50 US Navy airplanes bomb gun positions and the radio station at Vila.

September 2, 1943
(13th AF) 24 B-25's and 60+ US Navy aircraft pound Vila, hitting AA and artillery positions

September 3, 1943
(13th AF) Vila Airfield is bombed by 5 B-24's and 10 USN aircraft.

September 6, 1943
(13th AF) B-24's blast gun positions at Vila

September 9, 1943
(13th AF) 12 B-25's and 50+ USN dive bombers pound Vila Airfield

September 11, 1943
(13th AF) 18 B-25's pound the area W of Vila Airfield

September 14, 1943
(13th AF) 3 B-25's bomb Vila Airfield and 2 B-24's and 6 Venturas attack the Vila area.

September 15, 1943
(13th AF) B-25's bomb Vila airfield

September 19, 1943
(13th AF) B-25's and USN dive bombers, covered by fighters, bomb Vila Airfield

September 23, 1943
(13th AF) 21 B-24's bomb area from Stanmore Plantation to the mouth of the Vila River

September 25, 1943
(13th AF) B-25's join USN TBF's and SBD's in pounding gun positions in the areas around Vila Airfield

October 1, 1943
24 B-24's bomb a supply and bivouac area N of Vila airfield

October 2, 1943
6 B-25's join USN dive bombers in attacking Hamberi Cove barge hideout near Vila.

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