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Japanese missions against Wake Atoll, Wake Island and Peale Island
December 8-23, 1941

December 7, 1941
(IJN) Japanese attack attack Wake Island.

December 11, 1941
(IJN) The Japanese first Wake Island invasion force attempted to land by were repulsed with the loss of Kisaragi and Hayate and damage to Yayoi and landing was aborted.

December 12, 1941
(USMC) F4F Wildcats sink four large Japanese vessels. This is the first significant American victory of the Pacific War.

December 23, 1941
(IJN) The Japanese second Wake Island invasion force arrives off Wake Island. Special Naval Landing Force (SNFL) makes an amphibious landing and after a short battle the American defenders surrender the island.

American missions against Wake Atoll, Wake Island and Peale Island
February 14, 1942 - August 6, 1945

February 14, 1942
(7th AF) A B-17 flies a photo reconnaissance mission over Wake.

December 22, 1942
(13th AF) Twenty-six B-24s from the 307th Bombardment Group took off from Midway Airfield on December 21, 1942 at 4:30pm and climbed to 10,000' for a night bombing mission against Wake Island. Participating bombers include: B-24D "Bundles For Japan" 41-23965, B-24D "The Bad Penny" 41-23899 and B-24D "Flying Gator" 41-23898. Over the target at December 23, 1942 from midnight until 12:40am, the B-24s bombed one of nine targets from 4,000' making a single bomb run. The B-24s were armed with five 500 pound general purpose bombs, with some fused with 1/10 second delay fuses for specific targets, the rest with instantaneous fuses. The Japanese appeared to be caught off guard and did not offer a coordinated defense, with anti-aircraft fire and search lights not beginning until the raid began and described as light and mostly from machine guns with some heavy anti-aircraft guns. Search lights did not seem to be coordinated with anti-aircraft fire and caught only a quarter of the formation in their beams. Four enemy aircraft were believed to be in the air but did not intercept. Afterwards, the formation returned to 10,000' and returned to Midway Airfield and landed between 5:50am to 7:30am. No B-24s were lost or crew members injured. Only slight superficial damage was sustained on two bombers. In total, this mission spanned over 4,300 nautical miles and reported in the press as a Christmas Eve attack. Meanwhile, at 4:00am a single B-24 photographic ship took off on a mission to photograph the damage caused to Wake Island but a ceiling of 1,200' and poor visibility made it impossible to locate Wake Island. After searching for an hour, it returned to Midway Airfield at 6:00pm. In total, the mission was over 4,300 nautical miles and reported in the press as a Christmas Eve attack. Reference: CINCPAC "Action Report - Night Bombardment Raid, Wake Island 22-23 December 1942" December 26, 1942

February 24, 1942
(USN) First Wake Island Raid--A striking force, (Vice Admiral W. F. Halsey) composed of the carrier USS Enterprise with cruiser and destroyer screen, attacked Wake.

June 7, 1942
(7th AF) LB-30 Liberator AL589 piloted by Major General Clarence L Tinker, 7th Air Force Commanding Officer (C. O.) is lost leading a flight from Midway for a predawn attack on Wake.

June 26, 1942
(7th AF) 3 LB-30s bomb installations on Wake during the night of 26/27 Jun and is staged through Midway.

July 31, 1942
(7th AF) One B-17 from Midway flies photo reconnaissance of Wake. The B-17 is Intercepted by 6 fighters; in the ensuing fight US gunners claim 4 fighters destroyed.

January 25, 1943
(7th AF) Six B-24s carry out a photographic reconnaissance missions over Wake and drop 60 bombs. They claim one fighter shot down.

May 15, 1943
(7th AF) 7 B-24's from Midway bomb Wake; 4 others abort and 7 others fail to find the target. 22 fighters intercept the formation; the B-24's claim 4 shot down; 1 B-24 is lost.

July 24, 1943
(7th AF) 8 B-24's from Midway attack Wake Island, bombing oil storage, barracks, and a gun emplacement. 20-30 Zekes attack the formation; 9 fighters are claimed destroyed; 1 B-24 is lost in a collision with a falling Japanese fighter.

July 26, 1943
(7th AF) The last mission against Wake from Midway. Eight B-24's from Midway bomb targets including oil storage area. 20+ fighters (including an aircraft identified as a FW-190) intercept the formation. The B-24's claim 11 of the fighters shot down.

October 5-6, 1943
(USN) Second Wake Raid--Task Force 14 (Rear Admiral A. E. Montgomery), composed of six new carriers, seven cruisers, and 24 destroyers, making it the largest carrier task force yet assembled, bombed and bombarded Japanese installations on Wake. In the course of the 2-day strikes, ship handling techniques for a multi-carrier force, devised by Rear Admiral F. C. Sherman's staff on the basis of experience in the South Pacific, were tested under combat conditions. Lessons learned from operating the carriers as a single group of six, as two groups of three, and as three groups of two, provided the basis for many tactics which later characterized carrier task force operations.

January 30, 1944
(USN) To effect the neutralization of Wake during the Marshalls operation, two squadrons of Coronados from Midway made the first of four night bombing attacks on Wake, a 2,000-mile round trip.

February 4, 1944
(USN) To effect the neutralization of Wake during the Marshalls operation, two squadrons of Coronados from Midway made the second of four night bombing attacks on Wake, a 2,000-mile round trip.

February 8, 1944
(USN) To effect the neutralization of Wake during the Marshalls operation, two squadrons of Coronados from Midway made the third of four night bombing attacks on Wake, a 2,000-mile round trip.

February 9, 1944
(USN) To effect the neutralization of Wake during the Marshalls operation, two squadrons of Coronados from Midway made the fourth of four night bombing attacks on Wake, a 2,000-mile round trip.

March 3, 1944
(7th AF) Seventh Air Force aircraft maintain neutralization strikes against airfields in the Caroline and continue hitting Wake.

March 11, 1944
(7th AF) B-24s, operating out of Kwajalein, for first time, carry out the Seventh's first raid from the Marshall against Wake.

March 19, 1944
(7th AF) B-24s pound Wake from Kwajalein

March 23, 1944
(7th AF) B-24s pound Wake from Kwajalein

April 6, 1944
(7th AF) B-24s pound Wake from Kwajalein

April 18, 1944
(7th AF) B-24s pound Wake from Kwajalein

April 20, 1944
(7th AF) B-24s from Kwajalein search the area near Wake for shipping; finding none, the bombers hit Wake and Peale.

April 30, 1944
(7th AF) 41 B-24s pound Wake from Kwajalein

May 10, 1944
(7th AF) 41 B-24s pound Wake from Kwajalein on the night of May 9-10.

May 16 , 1944
(7th AF) 41 B-24s pound Wake from Kwajalein.

May 17 , 1944
(7th AF) 41 B-24s pound Wake from Kwajalein.

May 23, 1944
(USN) Third Wake Raid--Carrier Task Group 58.6 (Rear Admiral A. E. Montgomery) shifted from Marcus to hit Wake with five composite bombing, strafing and rocket strikes.

May 30, 1944
(7th AF) B-24s pound Wake from Kwajalein.

September 3, 1944
(USN) Fourth Wake Raid--A strike group of one carrier, with cruisers and destroyers, hit enemy positions on Wake.

September 23, 1944
(7th AF) B-24s pound Wake from Kwajalein during the night of 23-24.

September 25, 1944
(7th AF) B-24s pound Wake from Kwajalein during the night of 25-26.

September 26, 1944
(7th AF) B-24s hit Wake during the night of Sep 26-27.

October 1, 1944
(7th AF) A Kwajalein based B-24 bombs Wake on the night of September 30-October 1.

October 4, 1944
(7th AF) B-24 bomb Wake.

October 6, 1944
(7th AF) 3 B-24s bomb Wake during the night of Oct 6-7.

October 8, 1944
(7th AF) During the day and night of 8/9 Oct B-24s from the Marshalls bomb Wake.

October 11, 1944
(7th AF) A Kwajalein Atoll-based B-24 bombs Wake during the night.

October 12, 1944
(7th AF) B-24s from Kwajalein bomb Wake during the night of October 12-13.

October 14, 1944
(7th AF) 1 B-24 from the Marshall bombs Wake during the night of October 14-15

October 15, 1944
(7th AF) 2 B-24s from the Marshalls bomb Wake during the night of October 15-16.

June 20, 1945
(USN) Fifth Wake Raid - Three carriers of Task Group 12.4 (Rear Admiral R. E. Jennings) launched five strikes against enemy positions on Wake.

July 18, 1945
(USN) Sixth Wake Raid - The carrier Wasp, returning to action after battle repairs and overhaul at Puget Sound, launched air strikes against targets on Wake.

August 1, 1945
(USN) Seventh Wake Raid--Task Group 12.3, composed of one carrier, one battleship and destroyer screen, bombed and bombarded Wake.

August 6, 1945
(USN) Eighth Wake Raid--The carrier Intrepid, while en route from Pearl Harbor to join forces off Japan, bombed buildings and gun positions on Wake.

 

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