American missions against Saidor
April 18, 1943 - March 4, 1944
April 18, 1943
(5th AF) Single B-24 hits
April 25. 1943
(5th AF) B-17s hits
May 27, 1943
(5th AF) Saidor is hit by single-plane strikes.
May 29, 1943
(5th AF) Heavy and medium bombers, operating individually
or in flights of 2 bombers, hit Saidor.
August 5, 1943
(5th AF) B-25s hit Saidor.
September 12, 1943
(5th AF) B-25's strafe between Saidor and Langemak Bay.
October 15, 1943
(5th AF) 70+ medium bombers hit positions and
villages from Sio to Saidor.
November 12, 1943
(5th AF) B-25's
and B-26's bomb villages between Finschhafen and Saidor.
November 16, 1943
(5th AF) P-39's, with P-40's
covering, strafe barges from Saidor to Madang.
November 17, 1943
(5th AF) P-47's strafe Japanese shipping between
Saidor and Finschhafen.
December 8, 1943
(5th AF) P-39's strafe barges from Saidor to Fortification Point.
December 14, 1943
(5th AF) B-24's on armed reconnaissance hit Saidor.
January 1, 1944
(5th AF) 120+ B-24's,
B-25's and A-20's pound the Saidor area in preparation for an Allied invasion.
January 2, 1944
(5th AF) Elements of the US 32d Infantry
Division make an amphibious landing at Saidor, following a preparatory
naval bombardment; Bad weather prevents preparatory air strikes, but 80+ B-24's
and A-20's pound positions in coordination with the landings; the harbor and
airfield are captured.
January 4, 1944
(5th AF) Heavy and
medium bombers hit troops
and supplies between Finschhafen and Saidor.
January 5, 1944
(5th AF) B-24's and medium
bombers bomb Alexishafen, Madang, and Bogadjim areas and attack barges from Finschhafen to Saidor.
January 9, 1944
(5th AF) Fighters and
bombers hit the area E
January 21, 1944
(5th AF) B-25's, A-20's,
and P-39's strafe villages near Saidor.
February 9, 1944
of the Huon Peninsula is completed as US and Australian forces meet SE of Saidor.
February 11, 1944
(5th AF) P-40s and RAAF aircraft pound Japanese forces still remaining in the Saidor area.
March 4, 1944
(5th AF) A-20s bomb buildings and gun positions
in the Saidor area.
Japanese missions against Saidor and Saidor Airfield
January 2 - March 1944
January 2, 1944
(JAAF) 34 Ki-43-II Oscars of the 248th Sentai equipped with a single drop tank, plus Ki-61 Tonys escorted 9 Ki-48 Lily bombers, encountering bad weather on the flight to the target and only half the escorting fighters form up for the attack. Over Saidor, they failed to see any warships and instead would attack landing craft. Intercepted by P-40s, 49th FG, 7th FS that attacked the fighters and bombers, claiming two fighters shot down and two Ki-48 shot down, one ditching near shore and strafing the crew, plus one P-40 lost and only minor damage at the beachead area. Reference: 248th Hiko Sentai by Richard Dunn, Part 1
In early March, and weather aborted raid by two light bombers from the 34 Sentai.