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Allied missions against Hansa Bay
April 12, 1943 - July 31, 1944

April 12, 1943
(5th AF) B-24's and B-17s hit shipping in Hansa Bay. Sunk is the Sydney Maru (Shishi Maru).

April 14, 1943

May 29, 1943
(5th AF) Heavy and medium bombers, operating individually or in flights of 2 bombers, attack targets including Manam Island.

August 2, 1943
(5th AF) B-17's bomb supply dumps on the shores of Hansa Bay and targets of opportunity along the Francisco River

Click For EnlargementAugust 25, 1943
(5th AF) Almost 100 B-24's, B-25's, and B-17's carry out an hour-long strike against the Hansa Bay area, Nubia Airfield, and Awar Airfield, and nearby shipping.

August 28, 1943
Click For Enlargement(5th AF) 26 B-25's bomb and strafe dumps and shipping in the Hansa Bay area, sinking a small freighter, a power launch, and 8 barges and luggers. Lost is B-25D "Reluctant Dragon" 42-30345.

September 14, 1943
(5th AF) B-25's attack barges in Hansa Bay

October 29, 1943
(5th AF) P-47's attack shipping in Hansa Bay

November 20, 1943
(5th AF) Medium bombers sink or damage at least ten luggers in Hansa Bay.

December 23, 1943
(5th AF) 80+ B-25's, B-26's and A-20's attack coastal targets from Wewak to Hansa Bay

January 11, 1944
(5th AF) B-25's, P-39's, and P-40's hit the Hansa Bay area.

January 17, 1944
(5th AF) 47 B-24's and B-25's bomb the Hansa Bay area

January 18, 1944
(5th AF) Hansa Bay area is bombed by 40 B-24's

January 20, 1944
(5th AF) 37 B-25's and a B-24 bomb and strafe

January 24, 1944
(5th AF) P-47's bomb the Hansa Bay area

January 25, 1944
(5th AF) 50+ B-24's pound the Hansa Bay

January 30, 1944
(5th AF) 34 B-25's bomb the Hansa Bay area

February 3, 1944
(5th AF) A-20s attack Hansa Bay areas

February 5, 1944
(5th AF) 70+ B-25s and A-20s attack the Hansa Bay area

February 20, 1944
(5th AF) 38 B-24s bomb Alexishafen-Hansa Bay area

February 21, 1944
(5th AF) Almost 30 A-20s hit Madang and the Hansa Bay area

February 24, 1944
(5th AF) 23 B-24s and 39 A-20s thoroughly pound the Hansa Bay area. Nearly 20 other B-24s bomb Nubia and Awar Airfields.
(RAAF) Twelve Vengeances from 23 Squadron escorted by twelve P-40 Kittyhawks attack anti-aircraft gun positions around Hansa Bay. Los over the target is Vengeance A27-275 (MIA).

February 27, 1944
(5th AF) 27 B-25s hit the Hansa Bay area

February 28, 1944
(5th AF) 23 B-24s and 39 A-20s thoroughly pound the Hansa Bay area. Nearly 20 other B-24s bomb Nubia and Awar Airfields.

March 1, 1944
(5th AF) Aircraft attack Hansa Bay.

March 2, 1944
(5th AF) 80+ B-24s and P-40s hit the Hansa Bay area.

March 3, 1944
(5th AF) B-24s hit the Hansa Bay area.

March 6/7, 1944
(USN) PT-338 and PT-337 proceed to Hansa Bay in search of barges, where they idled outside the bay at 2am. Spotting targets close to shore on radar, they attacked two luggers moored together, but heavy machine gun fire opened up from the beach area. They turned to strafe the beach but more guns opened up, including a heavy battery at Awar Point. PT-337 is sunk by gunfire.

March 11, 1944
(5th AF) P-47s strafe the Hansa Bay area. PBY escorted by two P-47 picks up survivors of PT-337 off Manam Island. 

March 17, 1944
(5th AF) P-38s hit the Hansa Bay area.

March 19, 1944
(5th AF) B-25s and P-39s, along with RAAF aircraft, bomb the Hansa Bay area.

March 21, 1944
(5th AF) Aircraft attack numerous targets including the Hansa Bay area.

March 23, 1944
(5th AF) B-24s, B-25s, A-20s and P-47s hit numerous targets including the Hansa Bay area.

March 26, 1944
(5th AF) B-24s, B-25s, A-20s and fighters hit numerous targets including the Hansa Bay area.

March 27, 1944
(5th AF) B-24s, B-25s, A-20s, P-47s, P-40s and P-39s hit numerous targets including the Hansa Bay area.

March 31, 1944
(5th AF) Hansa Bay area is hit by A-20s and B-25s.

April 1, 1944
(5th AF) B-25s and A-20s hit the Hansa Bay area.

April 2, 1944
(5th AF) Bombers and fighters continue to hit targets at Hansa Bay.

April 3, 1944
(5th AF) P-40s, P-47s, and P-39s hit villages, communications, AA positions, and other targets in areas around Hansa Bay.

April 5, 1944
(5th AF) P-47s and P-40s blast numerous targets in the Hansa Bay area.

April 8, 1944
(5th AF) A-20s hit targets in the Hansa Bay area, firing a fuel dump and destroying several warehouses and other buildings at 3 plantations and strafing and bombing roads and bridges along the coast.

April 9, 1944
(5th AF) B-24s and A-20s hit AA positions along Hansa Bay. Shot down by anti-aircraft fire is B-24D "Super" 42-73338 (crew MIA).

April 10, 1944
(USN) Lt Commander Davis (PT Boat captain) serves as spotter aboard destroyer Hutchins to pinpoint coastal targets for shore bombardment using a minimum of shells by the destroyer group of Hutchins, Bache, Daly for bombardments of Madang, Alexishafen, Ulingan and Hansa Bay.
(5th AF) About 60 B-24s, teaming with US destroyers offshore, bombard the Hansa Bay area, concentrating on AA positions guarding airfields. Lost is B-24D "Hot Garters" 42-41188 (MIA / POW).

April 11, 1944
(5th AF) 50+ B-24s bomb barges, AA guns, and other targets along Hansa Bay which is also hit by 12 B-25s.

April 12, 1944
(5th AF) B-24s, B-25s, A-20s, and P-39s bomb and strafe various targets including Hansa Bay.

April 13, 1944
(5th AF) P-39s, B-25s, and B-24s fly light strikes against a variety of targets along Hansa Bay.

April 15, 1944
(5th AF) 20 P-39s hit villages, supply dumps, trucks and other targets along Hansa Bay.

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

April 22, 1944
(5th AF) 100+ B-24s and B-25s pound targets along Hansa Bay. All through the day B-25s and fighter-bombers, in flights of 1 to 20+ aircraft, attack areas including Hansa Bay.

April 23, 1944
(5th AF) 80+ B-24s, B-25s, and A-20s pound AA positions, airfields, stores and troop concentrations along Hansa Bay; throughout the day A-20s, P-47s, P-38s, and P-39s pound various targets including Hansa Bay.

April 24, 1944
(5th AF) B-24s, B-25s, and A-20s hit stores, fuel dumps and personnel areas along Hansa Bay.

April 25, 1944
(5th AF) Aircraft carry out similar strikes along Hansa Bay.

April 27, 1944
(5th AF) A-20s and fighter-bombers blast the coastal areas of Hansa Bay and nearby villages.

April 30, 1944
(5th AF) 80+ P-39s and P-47s make almost continuous attacks throughout the day against troops and supplies along Hansa Bay.

May 1, 1944
(5th AF) B-25s, A-20s, and fighters pound the Wewak and Hansa Bay areas throughout the day.

May 2, 1944
(5th AF) A-20s and fighter-bombers hit bridges, barges, gun positions, roads, personnel, supplies, huts and tent areas at Hansa Bay throughout the day.

May 3, 1944
(5th AF) A-20s, B-25s and fighter-bombers, operating throughout the day, hit the Hansa Bay area.

May 4, 1944
(5th AF) A-20s attack targets of opportunity in the Hansa Bay area. Fghter-bombers hit targets of opportunity at Hansa Bay.

May 5, 1944
(5th AF) A-20s and fighter-bombers again pound targets along the coast at Hansa Bay.

May 6, 1944
(5th AF) B-25s, A-20s and fighter-bombers, operating almost continuously throughout the day, blast Hansa Bay.

May 7, 1944
(5th AF) A-20s, B-25s and fighter-bombers again attack targets of opportunity including Hansa Bay.

May 8, 1944
(5th AF) A-20s and fighter-bombers continue to pound targets of opportunity including Hansa Bay.

May 9, 1944
(5th AF) A-20s and fighter-bombers continue to blast numerous targets of opportunity including Hansa Bay.

May 11, 1944
(5th AF) Fighter-bombers, A-20s, B-24s and B-25s pound Hansa Bay.

May 12, 1944
(5th AF) A-20s, B-25s and fighter-bombers hit the Hansa Bay area.

May 13, 1944
(5th AF) Fighter-bombers, A-20s, and B-25s hit the Hansa Bay area.

May 14, 1944
(5th AF) Fighter-bombers, A-20s, B-24s and B-25s hit the Hansa Bay area.

May 17, 1944
(5th AF) Fighter-bombers, A-20s, B-25s and B-24s continue to hit the Hansa Bay area.

May 19, 1944
(5th AF) A-20s, P-47s, P-38s and B-25s hi the Hansa Bay area.

May 20, 1944
(5th AF) A-20s, B-25s and fighter-bombers continue to pound Hansa Bay.

May 21, 1944
(5th AF) Fighter-bombers. A-20s and B-25s continue almost constant pounding of Hansa Bay.

May 22, 1944
(5th AF) B-24s, B-25s and fighter-bombers continue to bomb and strafe various targets in the Hansa Bay area.

May 23, 1944
(5th AF) A-20s, P-39s. B-24s and B-25s maintain bombing and strafing of the Hansa Bay area.

May 24, 1944
(5th AF) A-20s, P-38s, P-47s, P-39s and B-25s continue to blast targets of opportunity in the Hansa Bay area throughout the day.

June 1, 1944
(5th AF) A-20s, B-25s and P-39s hit villages, bivouac, and other targets of opportunity in the coastal area including Hansa Bay.

June 3, 1944
(5th AF) B-24s and fighter-bombers maintain consistent pounding of numerous targets in the Hansa Bay area.

June 4, 1944
(5th AF) Fighter-bombers pound the Hansa Bay coast.

June 6, 1944
(5th AF) P-39s, A-20s and RAAF aircraft pound Hansa Bay area, hitting supply dumps and hideouts.

June 7, 1944
(5th AF) Fighter-bombers and A-20s continue pounding the Hansa Bay area.

June 11, 1944
(5th AF) B-25s, A-20s, and P-47s continue to saturate the Hansa Bay area with bombs

June 12, 1944
(5th AF) P-47s and A-20s hit troop concentrations, communications and various other targets in the Hansa Bay area.

June 16, 1944
(5th AF) Personnel areas and barges along the coast in the Wewak and Hansa Bay areas are hit throughout the day.

July 31, 1944
(5th AF) A-20s support Australian ground forces in the Hansa Bay area

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