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Japanese missions against Gona

July 21-22, 1942
(IJN, IJA) During the night, Japanese ships arrive off the coast of New Guinea and begin landing troops at Gona that advance inland.

Allied missions against Gona
July 23, 1942 - February 3, 1943

July 23, 1942
(5th AF) B-17s, 22nd BG B-26s, A-24s and fighters pound shipping, landing barges, storage dumps, AA positions, and troop concentrations at Gona.

July 24, 1942
(5th AF) B-26s, A-24s, and fighters continue to pound AA positions and enemy troops at Gona as the Japanese continue to push inland.

July 25, 1942
(5th AF) B-25s, and P-39s pound barges and concentration

July 26, 1942
(5th AF) B-26s attack a destroyer off Gona but fail to score

July 29, 1942
(5th AF) Seven A-24 Dive Bombers attack Japanese transports 20 miles north of Gona in two waves and are intercepted by A6M2 Zeros from the Tainan Kokutai. The Kotoku Maru was hit by a bomb but departs under her own power. The first wave: A-24 41-15797 (shot down), A-24 piloted by Hill (damaged and gunner badly wounded) and A-24 piloted by Raymond Wilkins (the only aircraft to return to 7-Mile). The second wave: A-24 41-15819, A-24 41-15766, A-24 piloted by Cassels and A-24 piloted by Parker all four were shot down

July 31, 1942
Click For Enlargement(5th AF) B-17s hit Gona and a nearby transport [Ayutosen Maru] which had been previously damaged.

August 1, 1942
(5th AF) B-17s attack installations at Gona

August 2, 1942
(5th AF) A B-17 bombs Gona

August 13, 1942
(5th AF) A Japanese convoy, headed toward Basabua near Gona, with 3,000 construction troops, is attacked first by B-17s 76 miles NE of Gona, followed by B-26s 20-25 miles north of Gona and another B-17 attack as the convoy approaches landing position. Lost are B-26 40-1492 and F4 Lightning 41-2125.

August 14, 1942
(5th AF) B-17s attack shipping off Gona.

September 24, 1942
(5th AF) B-17s bomb wrecked vessel [Ayutosen Maru] at Gona.

October 31, 1942
(5th AF) B-25s strafe supply trucks SE of Gona

November 15, 1942
(5th AF) A-20s strafe targets near Gona.

November 16, 1942
(5th AF) B-26s, B-25s, and A-20s pound the area around Gona.
(US Army, Australian Army) Australian 7 Division and U.S. Army 32nd Infantry Division move forward against the Buna-Gona beachhead.

November 17, 1942
(5th AF) B-26s hit Gona Mission.
(US Army, Australian Army) 32nd Infantry and Australian 7 Division continue to move toward the Buna-Gona beachhead.

November 20, 1942
(RAAF) Wirraway A20-519 flies a reconnaissance mission over Gona.

November 23, 1942
(Australian Army) Australian forces begin their assault on Gona.

November 29, 1942
(5th AF) B-17s, P-40s, and A-20s pound the Gona area.
(RAAF) DB-7 Boston A28-20 explodes midair over Gona

December 1, 1942
(Australian Army) 21 Brigade, turns back from Giruwa three large groups of Japanese reinforcements destined for Gona, then attacks and takes Gona, forcing the enemy back to Gona Mission for a final stand.

December 2, 1942
(5th AF) A-20s, B-17s, B-25s and P-400s attack four destroyers off Buna and Gona. As a result of this attack, the destroyers, originally bound for Gona with 800 reinforcements, lands the troops near the mouth of the Kumment River twelve miles to the north. After a bombardment of Gona, Allied ground forces attack in strength but are again halted short of the village.

December 7, 1942
(5th AF) B-17s attack a wrecked vessel [Ayutosen Maru] off Gona.

December 8, 1942
(5th AF) P-38s hit a wrecked vessel l [Ayutosen Maru] off Gona.

December 9, 1942
(Australian Army) In Gona, following air and artillery bombardment, Australian forces overcome resistance, taking the village in hand-to-hand combat.

December 23, 1942
(5th AF) A-20s strafe troops near Gona

December 26, 1942
(RAAF) Wirraway A20-103 claims a Japanese fighter [Ki-43 Oscar] shot down over Gona.

December 27, 1942
(5th AF) B-26s hit targets in the Gona area

February 3, 1943
(5th AF) A-20s continue to bomb and strafe forces around Gona

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