10 Jul 1943

Australian Papua
  • The new airfield at Tsili-Tsili, Australian Papua was ready to receive C-47 transport aircraft. ww2dbase [Tsili-Tsili | CPC]
26 Jul 1943

Australian Papua
  • Fighters of US 35th Fighter Group began to arrive at Tsili-Tsili Airfield, Australian Papua. ww2dbase [Tsili-Tsili | CPC]
11 Aug 1943

Australian Papua
  • US Army Air Forces ground personnel began to arrive at Tsili-Tsili Airfield, Australian Papua. ww2dbase [Tsili-Tsili | CPC]
14 Aug 1943

Australian Papua
  • A Japanese reconnaissance aircraft discovered the new US airfield at Tsili-Tsili, Australian Papua. ww2dbase [Tsili-Tsili | CPC]
15 Aug 1943

Australian Papua
  • 7 Ki-48 bombers and 34 Ki-43 fighters attacked the new US airfield at Tsili-Tsili, Australian Papua; the Americans did not detect the incoming aircraft until 0700 hours when the Japanese were only one mile away. A Japanese bomb hit the base chapel, killing the chaplain and 6 or 7 worshipers. The Japanese lost all 7 bombers while the Americans lost 4 P-39 fighters (1 killed) and 2 C-47 transport aircraft (17 killed). The Japanese failed to damage the airstrips. ww2dbase [Tsili-Tsili | CPC]
16 Aug 1943

Australian Papua
  • 15 Japanese bombers escorted by 33 fighters attacked Tsili-Tsili airfield, Australian Papua. 3 US fighter squadrons rose for defense. The Japanese lost 3 aircraft, while the Americans lost 1 aircraft (Lieutenant Leonard Leighton). ww2dbase [Tsili-Tsili | CPC]

Timeline Section Founder: Thomas Houlihan
Contributors: Alan Chanter, C. Peter Chen, Thomas Houlihan, Hugh Martyr, David Stubblebine
Special Thanks: Rory Curtis




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