November 1, 1943
US Marines land at Empress Augusta Bay at Torokina on Bougainville. Allied fighters covering the operations shoot down 20+ Japanese aircraft. Naval gunfire accounts
for several more.
November 2, 1943
(USN) During the night of November 2, 1943 US Navy Task Force 39 (TF-39) commanded by Rear Admiral Merrill intercepted a Japanese Naval force sent to attack the American landing force in Empress Augusta Bay. The Battle off Empress Augusta Bay results in the sinking a Japanese cruiser and a destroyer, the remainder of the force turned back.
November 17, 1943
(USN) USS McKean APD-5 is sunk by a torpedo dropped by a G4M1 Betty bomber off Empress Augusta Bay.
November 20, 1943
(13th AF) B-25's strafe coastal villages around Empress Augusta Bay.
November 21, 1943
(USN) Six F4U Corsairs of VF-17 perform midmorning and noon CAP
over Empress Augusta Bay
December 1, 1943
(13th AF, USN) P-39s escort US Navy dive bombers
in an attack on the Jaba River area near Empress Augusta Bay.
March 9, 1944
(13th AF) Two squadrons of B-25s hit Japanese installations on the hills inland from Empress Augusta Bay.
March 10, 1944
(13th AF) Forty B-25s hit Japanese positions
in the hills near Empress Augusta Bay
March 21, 1944
(13th AF) Fighter-bombers support ground forces and bomb a
bivouac along Empress Augusta Bay.
March 26, 1944
(13th AF) Fighter-bombers again support ground forces along Empress Augusta
Bay, hitting a supply dump N of the Reini River and enemy positions near the
mouths of the Tekessi and Maririei Rivers.
March 30, 1944
(13th AF) Fighter-bombers continue to support ground forces
along the Empress Augusta Bay.
April 4, 1944
(13th AF) Ground support missions along Empress Augusta Bay are carried out by a variety of fighters.