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Significant Events In The Papuan Campaign


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#1 Boss Meri

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Posted 22 July 2008 - 10:25 PM

1942:
  • January 3 - Rabaul bombed for the first time
  • Japanese land at Rabaul
  • February 3 - Port Moresby bombed
  • Gebruary 10 - Japanese land at Gasmata
  • March 9 - Japanese land at Salamaua, Lae
  • March 26 - Japanese radio announces "fall" of Port Moresby
  • July 22 - Japanese land at Buna-Gona
  • August 3 - Japanese capture Kokoda
  • August 27 - Japanese land at Milne Bay
  • August 31 - Japanese evacuate Milne Bay
  • September 15 - Japanese halted at Ioribaiwa
  • September 29 - Australians begin counter-attack
  • October 25 - Port Moresby bombed for 85th time
  • November 2 - Australians recapture Kokoda
  • November 8 - Announed American troops flown by air and were taking part in the Papuan action
  • Announced General MacArthur, General Blamey, Lieut. General Kenny were directing campaign from field.
  • December 9 - The Australians occupy Gona
  • December 15 - The Americans occupy Buna village
  • December 18 - Port Moresby bombed for 95th time
  • December 21 - General Horri killed in action
  • December 28 - Lockheed Lightnings in action.  In first encounter they shot down 13 Zeros two dive bombers.


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Posted 22 July 2008 - 10:28 PM

1943
  • January 2 - Final beachhead at Buna falls
  • January 8 - General MacArthur announces 333 Japanese aircraft and more than 260 vessels destroyed since July 23.
  • January 22 - Sananada falls
  • January 23 - All organised enemy resistance over-come in Sananada area
  • January 24 - Liquidation of enemy complete in Sananada, with heavy losses to Japanese troops and material.
Source: Moresby Mice by G.M. (Bill) Graham RAAF (Robertson ad Mullens, Melbourne)




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