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American missions against Wakde Island and Wakde Airfield
April 7, 1944–June 8, 1944

April 7, 1944
(5th AF) B-24s bomb Langgoer and Wakde

April 13, 1944
(5th AF) B-25 fly light strikes against Wakde and other targets

April 16, 1944
B-24s fly a light strike against Wakde Island

April 21, 1944
(USN) Carrier planes hit Wakde in conjunction with upcoming landing at Hollanida.

Click For EnlargementApril 28, 1944
(5th AF) B-24s and B-25s bomb Wakde

April 29, 1944
(5th AF) B-24s and B-25s bomb villages, AA positions and personnel areas in the Wakde Island.

May 2, 1944
(5th AF) 8 B-25s hit Wakde Island oil stores, huts, AA positions, trucks, and other targets of opportunity

May 5, 1944
(5th AF) B-25s hit supply areas at Wakde Island

May 7, 1944
(5th AF) B-24s, B-25s and P-40s hit Wakde coast and other targets

May 11, 1944
(5th AF) B-24s and B-25s bomb gun emplacements and supply areas on Wakde

May 14, 1944
(5th AF) Wakde-Sawar-Maffin Bay area, villages and AA positions are pounded by B-24s and B-25s;

May 15, 1944
(5th AF) B-24s and B-25s attack numerous targets in the Wakde-Sawar-Sarmi-Maffin Bay areas. US Army troops land on the island.

May 16, 1944
(5th AF) Aircraft continue to pound AA guns, supplies and occupied villages in the Wakde Island-Maffin-Sawar coastal area, and bridges, villages, troop concentrations and AA positions

May 22, 1944
(5th AF) P-40s hit supply and fuel dumps, trucks and other targets of opportunity in the area of Wakde Island

May 23, 1944
(5th AF) P-40s hit troops on Wakde Island

May 25, 1944
(5th AF) B-24s attack targets on Wakde.

May 26, 1944
(5th AF) B-25s hit Wakde Island.

June 1, 1944
(5th AF) A-20s, B-25s and P-39s hit villages, bivouac, and other targets of opportunity in the coastal area from Wakde Island to Hollandia.

June 15, 1944
(FEAF) B-24s, B-25s, A-20s and fighters attack barges in the Manokwari area and a village in the Wakde area

July 4/5, 1944
(FEAF) Light strikes are flown in support of troops on Noemfoor Island and against barges, airfields, and troop concentrations on Efman and Biak Islands and at Moemi, Manokwari, and in the Wakde area.

July 10, 1944
(FEAF) Small-scale strikes in the Wakde area.

Japanese missions against Wakde Island and Wakde Airfield

June 1-10, 1944
The 71st TRG, 17th TRS was bombed several times on Wakde. Two B-25s were damaged so badly they were turned into a Service Squadron and other planes received repairable damage. No personnel were killed or injured.

June 6, 1944
Click For EnlargementIJN: During the night of June 5, 1944 three G4M1 Bettys from 732 Kokutai led by Ens. Isao Sunayama took off Wasile Airfield on a night bombing mission against Wakde Airfield. During the flight, the trio encountering bad weather and became separated with one Betty bombing the Biak area. Sunayama and the other reached Wakde Island, found a break in the clouds and swooped low over Wakde Airfield. Each bomber targeted parked aircraft along each side of the runway and released their bombs in a string. After releasing their bombs, the Betty crews estimated they had destroyed dozens of American planes. Later reconnaissance photographs seemed to show 76 aircraft burned or damaged along the runway. The June 6, 1944 attack was a singularly successful Japanese effort at this stage of the Pacific War.
References: Japanese operations at Wakde Airfield on Wakde Island by Richard L. Dunn

June 8, 1944
Three G4M Bettys bombed Wakde Airfield.



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