2 May 1942

British Western Pacific Territories
  • The Japanese launched another aerial bombardment against the Australian seaplane base at Tulagi, Solomon Islands. Deducing that an invasion of coming soon, the Australian personnel evacuated the base after sundown. ww2dbase [Battle of Coral Sea | Tulagi | CPC]
3 May 1942

British Western Pacific Territories
  • Japanese 3rd Kure Special Landing Force captured Tulagi Island and Gavutu Island in the Solomon Islands. ww2dbase [Battle of Coral Sea | Tulagi | TH]
4 May 1942

British Western Pacific Territories
  • USS Yorktown launched 12 TBD Devastor and 28 SBD Dauntless aircraft at 0700 hours, which reached the new Japanese positions at Tulagi in the Solomon Islands at 0850 hours; the attack damaged minelayer Okinoshima and destroyer Kikuzuki. At 1210 hours, a second attack wave hit Tulagi, sinking minesweepers WA-1 and WA-2 and damaging minesweeper Tama Maru; 87 Japanese personnel were killed during this second attack. USS Yorktown lost 3 aircraft, but all air crew were rescued. The Japanese withdrew from Tulagi temporarily, but would very soon return to complete the construction of a seaplane base. ww2dbase [Yorktown (Yorktown-class) | Tulagi | CPC]
28 Jun 1942

British Western Pacific Territories
  • PBY aircraft of US Navy squadron VP-14 attacked Tulagi, Soloman Islands. ww2dbase [Tulagi | CPC]
7 Apr 1943

British Western Pacific Territories
  • The 14,500-ton American tanker Kanawha, waiting for an escort in Tulagi harbour in the Solomon Islands, came under Japanese bomb attack. An oil tank under the bridge was hit which caused fires that spread rapidly along the deck. The crew were ordered to abandon the vessel but volunteers returned on board and extinguished the fires amidst exploding ammunition. 19 lives were lost int his incident. The tug Rail towed the Kanawha to the west side of Tulagi where she was beached shortly before midnight. ww2dbase [Tulagi | HM]
8 Apr 1943

British Western Pacific Territories
  • The 14,500-ton American tanker Kanawha, damaged by Japanese aerial attack and beached on the west side of Tulagi in the Solomon Islands to prevent sinking, nevertheless slid off into the deep water and sank before dawn. ww2dbase [Tulagi | HM]
7 Jul 1943

Photo(s) dated 7 Jul 1943
Survivors of USS Helena being transferred from destroyer USS Nicholas to cruiser USS Honolulu, Tulagi, Solomon Islands, 7 Jul 1943, photo 1 of 3Survivors of USS Helena being transferred from destroyer USS Nicholas to cruiser USS Honolulu, Tulagi, Solomon Islands, 7 Jul 1943, photo 2 of 3Survivors of USS Helena being transferred from destroyer USS Nicholas to cruiser USS Honolulu, Tulagi, Solomon Islands, 7 Jul 1943, photo 3 of 3Survivor of USS Helena receiving clothing and gear on Tulagi, Solomon Islands, circa 7 Jul 1943
24 Aug 1944

British Western Pacific Territories
  • USS Marcus Island arrived at Tulagi, Solomon Islands. ww2dbase [Marcus Island | Tulagi | 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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