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Japanese missions against Funafuti and Funafuti Airfield
March 27 - November 17, 1943

The raids killed one local man and a dozen Americans but did little damage. A total of eight Japanese planes were lost attacking Funafuti.

April 22, 1943
(7th AF) Funafuti Airfield is bombed twice during the night of 21/22 Apr by the Japanese. Two B-24's are destroyed and five others damaged.

April 23, 1943
(IJN) Type 96 (Sally) bombers from the 755 Kokutai bombed Funafuti Airfiel. During the raid, 680 islanders took refuge in the concrete walled, pandanus-thatched church. U. S. Army Corporal B. F. Ladd, persuaded them to get out of there and into dugouts. Ten minutes later, a large bomb destroyed the building. Only one islander, Esau Sepetaina was killed in the air raid.

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