24 Nov 1943

British Western Pacific Territories
  • The still under construction Torokina Airfield at Bougainville, Solomon Islands saw its first unscheduled landing, an emergency landing by a US Navy SBD aircraft. ww2dbase [Cape Torokina, Bougainville | CPC]
8 Dec 1943

British Western Pacific Territories
  • The still under construction Torokina Airfield at Bougainville, Solomon Islands saw its second unscheduled landing, three F4U aircraft of US Marine Corps squadron VMF-214 which were running low on fuel. ww2dbase [Cape Torokina, Bougainville | CPC]
10 Dec 1943

British Western Pacific Territories
  • Torokina Airfield at Bougainville, Solomon Islands was declared fully operational after a short 40-day construction. 17 F4U aircraft of US Marine Corps squadron VMF-216 became the first to officially arrive at the airfield, although the airfield had already received two unscheduled emergency landings on 24 Nov 1943 and 8 Dec 1943. ww2dbase [Solomon Islands Campaign | Cape Torokina, Bougainville | CPC]
18 Dec 1943

British Western Pacific Territories

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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