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American missions against Hollandia, Humbolt Bay, Tanahmerah Bay and Hollandia Airfield
April 17, 1943 - April 25, 1944

April 17, 1943
(5th AF) A single B-24 scores hits on the northwest shore of Hollandia Bay.

April 19, 1943
(5th AF) Single heavy bombers bomb Hollandia Airfield

February 29, 1944
(5th AF) B-24s and A-20s hit Hollandia

PARTIAL LIST

March 31, 1944
(5th AF) 60+ B-24s, with P-38 support, pound Hollandia for the second successive day; 3 airfields in the area are thoroughly blasted and a large number of enemy aircraft destroyed; US aircraft claim 14 interceptors shot down

April 3, 1944
(5th AF) 300+ B-24s, B-25s, A-20s, and P-38s blast airfields at Hollandia; most of the remaining Japanese airplanes there are destroyed; of 60 intercepting Japanese fighters, 26 are claimed shot down; air opposition from Hollandia is very light hereafter.

April 5, 1944
(5th AF) 270+ B-24s, B-25s, A-20s and P-38s hit Hollandia town and dock area and villages and stores around Humboldt Bay. Lost is A-20G 43-9469.

April 11, 1944
(5th AF) 80+ A-20s and B-25s, supported by 30 P-47s and P-40s, blast AA positions, stores, dumps and personnel areas at Hollandia

April 16, 1944
(5th AF) "Black Sunday": 170+ B-24s, B-25s and A-20s bomb Hollandia town and airfield and numerous other targets in the area. On the way back from the strike, the aircraft meet a massive weather front that causes 46 aircraft lost to weather. List of US aircraft lost on "Black Sunday".

April 17, 1944
(5th AF) Other planes, operating individually or in pairs, attack Hollandia.

April 19, 1944
(5th AF) B-25s, A-20s, and fighter aircraft strike a wide variety of targets around Hollandia.

April 20, 1944
(5th AF) B-25s, A-20s, and fighters hit a variety of targets around Hollandia.

April 21, 1944
(USN) Task Force 58 (Vice Admiral M. A. Mitscher) a force of five heavy and seven light carriers organized in three groups, launch carrier aircraft for preliminary strikes Hollandia Airfields and targets around Hollandia ahead of the amphibious landing.

April 22, 1944
(US Army) Operation Reckless: An amphibious task force lands US Army troops at Humbolt Bay and Tanahmerah Bay and advance inland towards Hollandia.

April 23, 1943
(US Army) In ground action Allied forces capture Hollandia

April 25, 1944
(5th AF) Twelve B-25s bomb troop areas in the Hollandia vicinity, attacking villages S of Tanahmerah

April 26, 1944
(5th AF) Allied ground forces take Hollandia

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