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Japanese missions against Salamaua, Salamaua Airfield and Logui
January 21, 1942

January 21, 1942
Shōkaku A6M2 Zeros led by Lt Tadashi Kaneko strafe Salamaua and afterwards depart inland to attack Bulolo, less Kaneko who remains over Salamaua. Afterwards, all Zeros return and depart for their rendezvous point across the Huon Gulf.

Allied missions against Salamaua, Salamaua Airfield and Logui
March 10, 1942 - September 13, 1943

March 10, 1942
Click For Enlargement(USN) Task Force 11 Lexington and Yorktown launch aircraft from the Gulf of Papua and flying over the Owen Stanley Range of New Guinea. Torpedo bombers hit Salamaua, catching the Japanese by surprise and hitting shipping engaged in landing troops and supplies.

April 30, 1942
(5th AF) P-39's flying out of Port Moresby strafe airplanes and fuel dumps at Salamaua.

May 31, 1942
(5th AF) B-17s attack Salamaua.

June 1, 1942
(5th AF) B-17s attack Salamaua.

June 9, 1942
(5th AF) B-17s, B-25s, and B-26s attack Salamaua. Lost is B-26 "The Virginian" 40-1508.

June 16, 1942
(5th AF) 3rd BG B-25s hit runways and buildings and starting several fires at Salamaua.

June 25, 1942
(5th AF) B-25s bomb Salamaua.

June 27, 1942
(5th AF) 22nd BG B-26s bomb Salamaua.

June 28, 1942
Australian Army - Four Australian platoons land and attack Japanese position at Salamaua, killing about 100 enemy troops, bringing back three trucks and a portable bridge. Allied morale is boosted, but the attack fails to gain any signifigant ground from the Japanese.

July 1 , 1942
(5th AF) 22nd BG B-26s bomb Salamaua.

July 4, 1942
(5th AF) B-17s, 22nd B-26s and B-25s bomb Salamaua Airfield.

July 5, 1942
(5th AF) B-17s and B-26's attack Salamaua.

July 16, 1942
(5th AF) A single B-17 bombs Salamaua.

July 21, 1942
(5th AF) 22nd BG B-26s attack a convoy off Salamaua.

July 23, 1942
(5th AF) Fighters hit the harbor at Salamaua.

July 30, 1942
(5th AF) 19th BG B-17s bomb Kotoku Maru off Salamaua.

August 1, 1942
(5th AF) B-17s attack shipping 75 miles E of Salamaua in Huon Gulf.

August 2, 1942
(5th AF) 1 B-17 flies an unsuccessful strike against a cargo vessel 5 miles south of Salamaua.

August 6, 1942
(5th AF) : B-25s and 22nd BG B-26s bomb Salamaua Airfield.

August 8, 1942
(5th AF) B-25s and B-26s bomb runways and targets of opportunity at Salamaua.

August 9, 1942
(5th AF) B-26s hit the harbor area at Salamaua.

September 3, 1942
(5th AF) B-25s and A-20s pound the Mubo-Busama-Salamaua area.

September 17, 1942
(5th AF) B-17s hit the beached cargo vessel Kotoku Maru off Salamaua. Also, P-400s, P-40s, and P-39s strafe and bomb landing barges off Salamaua.

September 18, 1942
(5th AF) A B-17 bombs Salamaua.

September 22, 1942
(5th AF) P-40s strafe Salamaua.

September 29, 1942
(5th AF) B-17s bomb AA positions at Salamaua.

October 15, 1942
(5th AF) B-25s bomb Salamaua.

October 16, 1942
(5th AF) B-25s also bomb the Mubo-Salamaua trail

October 26, 1942
(5th AF) B-25s hit Salamaua.

November 4, 1942
(5th AF) B-17s and B-25s bomb the town and harbor of Salamaua.

November 9, 1942
(5th AF) B-25s attack a schooner off Salamaua.

November 18, 1942
(5th AF) B-25s bomb Salamaua Airfield.

November 22, 1942
(5th AF) B-25s hit barges between Lae and Salamaua.

November 26, 1942
(5th AF) B-26s strike the Salamaua area.

December 4, 1942
(5th AF) During the night of 3/4, B-17s Salamaua Airfield.

December 12, 1942
(5th AF) A-20s strafe barges off Sanananda Point while B-17s bomb Salamaua Airfield.

December 13, 1942
B-17s bomb the Salamaua area.

January 3, 1943
(5th AF) A-20 hits Salamaua.

January 9, 1943
(5th AF) US heavy, medium and light bombers and fighters, along with RAAF aircraft, hit Salamaua.

January 13, 1943
(5th AF) Heavy and medium bombers hit Salamaua Airfield.

January 16, 1943
(5th AF) US and Australian ground forces open an assault on Sanananda which falls the next day.

January 28, 1943
(5th AF) B-24s carry out individual attacks at Salamaua.

February 6, 1943
(5th AF) A-20s bomb and strafe forces along the track from Mubo to Komiatum to Salamaua.

February 16, 1943
(5th AF) B-25s strafe targets of opportunity on the Salamaua peninsula.

February 19, 1943
(5th AF) B-24s carry out single-plane attacks agains shipping at Salamaua.

February 21, 1943
(5th AF) A-20s bomb and strafe several occupied villages and tracks throughout the Mubo-Komiatum-Salamaua region.

February 26, 1943
(5th AF) Single B-17 bomb Salamaua Airfield.

PacificWrecks.comFebruary 28, 1943
(5th AF) Photo recon mission over Salamaua.

March 1, 1943
(5th AF) A-20s bomb and strafe forces at Guadagasal and along the trails throughout the Mubo, Komiatum and Salamaua areas.

March 7, 1943
(5th AF) Single B-24 bomb Salamaua.

March 12, 1943
(5th AF) A-20s attack the Guadagasal Gap area and Salamaua Airfield.

March 20, 1943
(5th AF) The harbor area at Salamaua are bombed by single B-24's.

PacificWrecks.comMarch 21, 1943
(5th AF) Photo recon mission over Salamaua.

March 23, 1943
(5th AF) B-25's strafe targets of opportunity in the Salamaua. Single B-24's attack Salamaua Airfield.

March 26, 1943
(5th AF) A-20's pound forces and targets of opportunity in the Mubo, Lahang, and Salamaua area.

March 27, 1943
(5th AF) B-25's hit Salamaua.

March 31, 1943
(5th AF) A-20's hit Salamaua.

April 2, 1943
(5th AF) Single B-24's attack Salamaua.

April 4, 1943
(5th AF) Single B-17's bomb Salamaua.

April 6, 1943
(5th AF) B-25's bomb the town area and AA positions at Salamaua.

April 7, 1943
(5th AF) Single heavy bombers attack shipping and coastal targets at Salamaua.

May 12, 1943
(5th AF) Single heavy bombers hit Salamaua.

May 19, 1943
(5th AF) B-25's attack the Salamaua area.

June 11, 1943
(5th AF) B-25's pound areas along Huon Gulf coast, hitting Kela Point, Salamaua.

June 17, 1943
(5th AF) B-25's hit the Salamaua areas.

June 18, 1943
(5th AF) A-20 on armed reconnaissance during the night of 18/19 June bomb and strafes Salamaua and nearby coastal areas.

June 21, 1943
(5th AF) B-25's blast Salamaua Airfield and general area at Salamaua.

June 26, 1943
(5th AF) Midday, B-25's hit the town of Salamaua.

June 29, 1943
(5th AF) A lone B-24 bombs building area west of Parsee Point near Salamaua.

June 30, 1943
(5th AF) B-25's pound Bobdubi Ridge in support of the assault and hit forces at Logui and Salamaua.

July 1, 1943
(5th AF) B-25's hit Kela Point and Logui.

July 2, 1943
(5th AF) B-25's pound defenses in the Kela Point area and a trail near Logui while a lone B-24 bombs the Salamaua area.

July 5, 1943
(5th AF) B-25's bomb and strafe Salamaua Airfield, Komiatum Track, and HQ areas at Kela and Salamaua.

July 8, 1943
(5th AF) B-25's continue to pound enemy positions around Mubo and along the coast of NE New Guinea, hitting Kela Point and village, Malolo, Buigap Creek, and trails from Salamaua Airfield and Kennedy's Crossing to Logui.

July 10, 1943
(5th AF) B-25's pound Salamaua, Logui, and the SE bank of the Francisco River as Allied ground forces effect junction at Buigap Creek cutting communications between Salamaua and Mubo.

July 11, 1943
(5th AF) A-20's and B-25's hit the trail ketween Logui and Kennedy's Crossing, the Bobdubi and Bobdubi Ridge areas, Salamaua, Kela Point and villages scattered through the area.

July 13, 1943
(5th AF) B-25's blast positions in the Salamaua area, along the road between Kela and MacDonald's Junction, and hit AA guns at Salamaua.

July 17, 1943
(5th AF) B-25's pound the airfield, Army HQ and defensive positions, and the general area in and around Salamaua as Allied forces from the Nassau Bay-Mubo area begin a drive on Salamaua; the drive is a secondary effort designed to divert enemy attention from a subsequent Allied campaign to secure the Markham River Valley and Huon Peninsula and thus gain control of Vitiaz Strait and Dampier Strait.

July 18, 1943
(5th AF) B-25's, a B-24, and an A-20 bomb and strafe Salamaua.

July 20, 1943
(5th AF) A-20's and B-25's hit Logui areas along the Gum River.

July 22, 1943
(5th AF) B-24's, B-25's, and B-26's blast troops, AA guns, defensive positions, and targets of opportunity in the battle zones at Komiatum, on Komiatum Ridge, at Kela Mountain, at Salamaua, and along trails near Komiatum and Salamaua.

July 23, 1943
(5th AF) B-25's, B-26's, B-24's hit Salamaua.

July 26, 1943
(5th AF) B-24's and B-17's bomb Salamaua.

July 27, 1943
(5th AF) 35 B-25's and 18 B-24's pound the Salamaua area in one of the largest single-strike attacks of Southwest Pacific Area including Salamaua Airfield and supply storage. Plus defensive positions between the road and beach at Logui are hit.

July 29, 1943
(5th AF) B-17's, B-24's, and B-25's bomb Kela Point and village, and Salamaua town and peninsula area.

July 30, 1943
(5th AF) B-24's bomb Salamaua.

August 2, 1943
(5th AF) B-24's bomb Salamaua.

August 3, 1943
(5th AF) B-25's, B-17's, and B-24's bomb areas in or around Salamaua.

August 7, 1943
(5th AF) B-24's thoroughly pound the Salamaua area.

August 9, 1943
(5th AF) B-17's, B-24's, and B-25's bomb Salamaua.

Click For EnlargementAugust 10, 1943
(5th AF) 20+ B-24's pound airfields in the Salamaua area.

August 13, 1943
(5th AF) 59 B-24's, B-17's, and B-26's drop 175 tons of bombs in the Salamaua area in the heaviest single day strike by the Fifth Air Force to date.

August 14, 1943
(5th AF) 50+ B-24's, B-17's, and B-25's pound the Salamaua area battle zone; with  close air and artillery support, US forces push to the crest of Roosevelt Ridge; the enemy retains several ridges along Dot Inlet.

August 15, 1943
(5th AF) Heavy bombers hit the Salamaua area.

August 17, 1943
(5th AF) A-20's hit enemy forces in the Salamaua area.

Augusut 20, 1943
(5th AF) A-20's bomb Salamaua area where enemy forces have abandoned positions on Mount Tambu and Komiatum Ridge and are manning last-ditch defensive position at Salamaua.

August 21, 1943
(5th AF) Single B-24's hit the Salamaua area.

August 24, 1943
(5th AF) B-24's bomb Salamaua.

August 28, 1943
(5th AF) B-17's and A-20's hit barges in Samoa Harbor between Lae and Salamaua.

September 8, 1943
(5th AF) B-17's, B-24's, B-25's and B-26's pound the Lae area, and A-20's hit Salamaua. The Japanese at Salamaua are ordered to prepare to fall back to Lae in face of the approaching Australian 5 Division.

September 11, 1943
Australian forces cross the Francisco River to Salamaua Airfield.

September 12, 1943
Australian 5 Division occupies Salamaua and area. The first Allied aircraft lands at Salamaua Airfield.

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