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American missions against Faisi Island
August 7, 1942 - January 16, 1944
See also American missions Against Shortland and American missions against Poporang

August 7, 1942
(5th AF) A B-17 strafes seaplanes at Faisi

August 19, 1942
(5th AF) A B-17 strafes seaplanes at Faisi

October 16, 1942
(USN) Planes hit targets at Faisi

September 4, 1942
(5th AF) A B-17 strafes seaplanes at Faisi

Click For EnlargementOctober 9, 1942
Aerial reconassaince photo of the Faisi area.

October 18, 1942
(5th AF) B-17s attack shipping and aircraft in the Faisi area in the Shortlands

October 29-30, 1942
(5th AF) Overnight, B-17s from the 19th BG and 43rd BG bomb the harbor and shipping off Buin and Faisi.

October 31, 1942
(5th AF) B-17s bomb shipping Bougainville-Faisi-Tonolai area.

November 1, 1942
(5th AF) B-17s strike shipping in the Buin-Faisi

November 15, 1942
(5th AF) B-17s strike shipping in the Buin-Faisi area. Hit by AA fire and ditched returning is B-24D "Lady Beverly" 41-23760.

Click For EnlargementDecember 10, 1942
(13th AF) Eleven B-17s escorted by eight P-38s of the 339th Fighter Squadron, 347th Fighter Group, attack ships in Faisi Harbor on Shortland; one tanker is hit; six Zekes are claimed destroyed, five by P-38s and one by a B-17.

December 17, 1942
Aerial reconassaince photo of the Faisi area.

Click For EnlargementJanuary 5, 1943
Aerial reconassaince photo of the Faisi area.

January 7, 1943
(13th AF) B-17s with P-38 and P-40 attack a transport near Shortland without loss.

February 19, 1943
(13th AF) B-17s bomb shipping and a seaplane base between Buin and Faisi.

March 13, 1943
(13th AF) B-24s bomb Faisi.

March 28, 1943
F-5As of the 17th Reconnaissance Squadron reconnaissance photo reveals 27 floatplanes at their moorings at Shortland Harbor.

March 29, 1943
Click For Enlargement(USN & 13th AF) A joint-service fighter sweep by led by Captain Tom Lanphier with eight Lockheed P-38 Lightnings of the 70th Fighter Squadron, USAAF and eight Marine Chance-Vought F-4U-1 Corsairs of VMF-124, USMC. Due to poor weather and difficulty in rendevouing, only five P-38s (Lanphier, Barber, Petit, Topoll and Moore) and one Corsair (Dale) reach the target. They strafe the seaplane bases at Shortland at dawn, and set fire to 5 - 7 Pete floatplanes and strafe Subchaser No. 28 on their way back to base. (Other damage reports state they claimed 8 aircraft destroyed, and attack a destroyer east of Shortland, leaving it listing.

June 26, 1943
(13th AF) B-24s bomb Faisi area

July 16, 1943
(USN USMC & 13th AF & RNZAF) 7 B-24's join 70+ US Navy dive bombers and 100+ USAAF, Royal New Zealand Air Force, US Navy, and US Marine Corps fighters in an attack on shipping. Allied airplanes claim 40+ aircraft destroyed or damaged; 7 vessels, including a destroyer, are sunk.

November 1, 1943
(13th AF) 30+ P-40's and P-39's, and 70+ US Navy (USN) fighters and dive bombers. P-38's on sweep over waters claim 7 Zekes shot down. B-25's strafe barges and wharf area at Faisi.

November 14, 1943
P-70 night fighters hit the Shortland-Faisi area, claiming a seaplane and 2 barges destroyed.

December 5, 1943
(13th AF) B-25's and 20+ USN dive bombers hit Faisi

December 23/24, 1943
Single aircraft carry out harassing strikes on Faisi

December 26, 1943
(RNZAF) Ventura's on reconnaissance bomb Faisi.

January 8, 1944
(USN) DD 499 USS Renshaw bombarded shore installations on the island.

January 15, 1944
(13th AF) B-17s, P-38s, P-39s and P-40s attack five destroyers near Faisi; they are met by float biplanes and 13 are shot down with no loss of USAAF aircraft.

January 16, 1944
(13th AF) B-17s bomb the Buin-Faisi area

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