Japanese missions against Ocean Island (Banaba)
December 8, 1941–September 1, 1942
December 8, 1941
(IJN) A single flyingboat bombs Ocean Island, dropping five or six bombs on the island. There were no casualties and no damage to buildings
December 9, 1941
(IJN) Three flying boats bombed the island and destroyed the new Residency building, the machine shop and the BPC Manager's house.
August 24, 1942
(IJN) During the day,
nine bombers of the 24th Air Flotilla, bombed Ocean Island. Overnight, destroyers Ariake and Yugure shell the island.
August 26, 1942
(IJN) Yugure lands troops on Ocean Island, occupying it.
September 1, 1942
(IJN) A detachment from the 63rd Naval garrison unit arrives with roughly 500 troops and 50 laborers.
Allied missions against Ocean Island (Banaba)
January 28, 1943–September 8, 1945
January 28, 1943
(13th AF) B-24 Liberator flies photographic reconnaissance over Nauru Island and Ocean Island.
April 27, 1943
(USN) USS Scamp SS-277 performs a reconnaissance of Ocean Island and Nauru Island completed by April 27, 1943.
September 8, 1945
(RNZAF) 6 Squadron Catalina piloted by Wing Commander Smith and Flying Officer Regan dropped surrender leaflets to the garrison.
October 1, 1945
(RNZAF) The surviving Japanese garrison on Ocean Island officially surrendered on the quarterdeck of HMAS Diamantina (K377).
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