2 Sep 1942

Mariana Islands
  • Destroyer Yukikaze departed Saipan, Mariana Islands to escort carrier Unyo to Truk, Caroline Islands. ww2dbase [Yukikaze | Saipan | CPC]
1 Sep 1943

Mariana Islands
  • Japanese 21st Air Flotilla at Saipan, Mariana Islands was disbanded. Its two air groups, Air Group 253 (fighters) and Air Group 751 (medium bombers) were reassigned to Rabaul, New Britain. ww2dbase [Saipan | CPC]
10 Dec 1943

Mariana Islands
  • Irako arrived at Saipan, Mariana Islands. ww2dbase [Irako | Saipan | CPC]
22 Feb 1944

Mariana Islands
  • USS Yorktown (Essex-class) launched raids on enemy airfields and installations on Saipan, Mariana Islands. That same day, she cleared the area on her way back to Majuro, Marshall Islands. ww2dbase [Yorktown (Essex-class) | Saipan | DS]
29 Apr 1944

Mariana Islands
  • Tanikaze began escorting a convoy from Saipan, Mariana Islands to Tawi-Tawi, Philippine Islands. ww2dbase [Tanikaze | Saipan | CPC]
13 Jun 1944

Mariana Islands
  • USS Alabama bombarded Japanese positions on Saipan, Mariana Islands. ww2dbase [Alabama | Saipan | CPC]
15 Jun 1944

Mariana Islands Photo(s) dated 15 Jun 1944
Landing craft moving toward Saipan landing beaches, Mariana Islands, 15 Jun 1944Two US Marines crawling into position on a Saipan, Mariana Islands beach after their landing craft was hit by Japanese mortar, 15 Jun 1944; note LVT(A)-4 Water Buffalo in backgroundMen of the first wave of US Marines to land on Saipan, Mariana Islands, 15 Jun 1944Map of the Battle of Saipan Jun 15 through July 9, 1944
See all photos dated 15 Jun 1944
20 Jun 1944

Photo(s) dated 20 Jun 1944
US Marine Corps 37 mm Gun M3 and crew, Saipan, Mariana Islands, Jun 1944US Marines throwing grenades, Saipan, Mariana Islands, Jun 1944US Marine flamethrower tank in action, Saipan, Mariana Islands, Jun 1944US Marine First Sergeant Neil Shober feeding bananas to a native goat, Saipan, Mariana Islands, Jun 1944
See all photos dated 20 Jun 1944
24 Jun 1944

Photo(s) dated 24 Jun 1944
US Navy Chaplain O. David Herrmann preparing to hold religious service for US Marines on Saipan, Mariana Islands, 24 Jun 1944; note wrecked Type 95 Ha-Go light tank used as altar
28 Jun 1944

Photo(s) dated 28 Jun 1944
Maj General Willis H Hale (front seat) and Vice Admiral John H Hoover tour Aslito Field, Saipan, Marianas (later Isley Field), Jun 28, 1944, ten days after the area was captured from the Japanese. Note P-47 Thunderbolt.
29 Jun 1944

Photo(s) dated 29 Jun 1944
Japanese searchlight position with a dummy operator, Saipan, Mariana Islands, 29 Jun 1944
3 Jul 1944

Photo(s) dated 3 Jul 1944
US Marines running through streets of Garapan while engaging in street fighting, Saipan, Mariana Islands, 3 Jul 1944
5 Jul 1944

Photo(s) dated 5 Jul 1944
Men of 2nd Regiment, 2nd Division, US Marine Corps coming off the front lines after 20 days of combat, Saipan, Mariana Islands, 5 Jul 1944
6 Jul 1944

Mariana Islands
  • Chuichi Nagumo committed suicide for his failure to hold Saipan, Mariana Islands. ww2dbase [Chuichi Nagumo | Saipan | CPC]
  • Yoshitsugu Saito announced that he would fight to the death alongside his troops on Saipan, Mariana Islands. ww2dbase [Yoshitsugu Saito | Saipan | CPC]
10 Jul 1944

Mariana Islands Photo(s) dated 10 Jul 1944
Raymond Spruance and Holland Smith at Charan Kanoa, Saipan, Mariana Islands, 10 July 1944
13 Jul 1944

Mariana Islands
  • US Marines gave Japanese Lieutenant General Yoshitsugu Saito a military burial near Tanapag, Saipan, Mariana Islands. ww2dbase [Yoshitsugu Saito | Tanapag, Saipan | CPC]
Photo(s) dated 13 Jul 1944
Funeral of Lieutenant General Yoshitsugu Saito, near Tanapag, Saipan, Mariana Islands, 13 Jul 1944
19 Jul 1944

Photo(s) dated 19 Jul 1944
Armorers SSgt George Townsend and Sgt George Barker make ready the dorsal quad Browning .50 caliber machine guns of a P-61 Black Widow night fighter, Saipan, 19 Jul 1944.
22 Jul 1944

Mariana Islands
27 Jul 1944

Photo(s) dated 27 Jul 1944
A US Marine having a moment of relaxation with a lion statue, Saipan, Mariana Islands, 27 Jul 1944
5 Aug 1944

Mariana Islands
  • USS Parche arrived at Saipan, Mariana Islands. ww2dbase [Parche | Saipan | CPC]
4 Sep 1944

Mariana Islands
  • USS Whale arrived at Tanapag Harbor, Saipan, Mariana Islands. ww2dbase [Whale | Tanapag, Saipan | CPC]
Photo(s) dated 4 Sep 1944
Enterprise anchored off Saipan, 4 Sep 1944
5 Sep 1944

Mariana Islands
  • USS Whale departed Tanapag Harbor, Saipan, Mariana Islands. ww2dbase [Whale | Tanapag, Saipan | CPC]
28 Sep 1944

Mariana Islands
  • USS Alabama arrived in Saipan, Mariana Islands. ww2dbase [Alabama | Saipan | CPC]
29 Sep 1944

Mariana Islands
  • USS Miami arrived at Saipan, Mariana Islands. ww2dbase [Miami | Saipan | CPC]
10 Nov 1944

Mariana Islands
  • USS Sterlet departed Saipan, Mariana Islands. ww2dbase [Sterlet | Saipan | CPC]
12 Nov 1944

Mariana Islands
  • USS Gabilan arrived at Saipan, Mariana Islands, ending her third war patrol. ww2dbase [Gabilan | Saipan | CPC]
15 Dec 1944

Mariana Islands
  • USS Spot arrived at Saipan, Mariana Islands. ww2dbase [Spot | Saipan | CPC]
24 Dec 1944

Mariana Islands
  • USS Kete departed Saipan, Mariana Islands, resuming her first war patrol. ww2dbase [Kete | Saipan | CPC]
5 Jan 1945

Mariana Islands
  • USS Boarfish departed Saipan, Mariana Islands. ww2dbase [Boarfish | Saipan | CPC]
31 Jan 1945

Mariana Islands
  • USS Sennet arrived at Saipan, Mariana Islands, ending her first war patrol. ww2dbase [Sennet | Saipan | CPC]
7 Feb 1945

Mariana Islands
  • USS Sennet departed Saipan, Mariana Islands for her second war patrol. ww2dbase [Sennet | Saipan | CPC]
7 Mar 1945

Photo(s) dated 7 Mar 1945
Col James Beckwith, commander of the 15th Fighter Group, in his P-51 Mustang “Squirt” leading P-51s of the 45th Fighter Squadron from their base on Saipan to their new base on Iwo Jima, Mar 7, 1945. Note the VLR tanks.
16 Mar 1945

Photo(s) dated 16 Mar 1945
A North American P-51D Mustang of the Vll Fighter Command taking off from Saipan, Mariana Islands for the newly-captured airfield on Iwo Jima, Mar 16, 1945. Note the twin oversized VLR drop tanks.
23 Mar 1945

Mariana Islands
  • USS Spot arrived at Saipan, Mariana Islands. ww2dbase [Spot | Saipan | CPC]
27 Mar 1945

Mariana Islands
  • USS Spot departed Saipan, Mariana Islands. ww2dbase [Spot | Saipan | CPC]
15 Apr 1945

Mariana Islands
  • USS Ancon arrived at Saipan, Mariana Islands. ww2dbase [Ancon | Saipan | CPC]
4 May 1945

Mariana Islands
  • USS Spot arrived at Saipan, Mariana Islands, ending her second war patrol. ww2dbase [Spot | Saipan | CPC]
8 May 1945

Mariana Islands
  • The crew of USS Segundo held a celebratory dinner at Saipan, Mariana Islands. ww2dbase [Segundo | Saipan | CPC]
2 Jun 1945

Mariana Islands
  • USS Spot departed Saipan, Mariana Islands for her third war patrol. ww2dbase [Spot | Saipan | CPC]
16 Jun 1945

Mariana Islands
  • USS Springer arrived at Saipan, Mariana Islands. ww2dbase [Springer | Saipan | CPC]
17 Jun 1945

Mariana Islands
  • USS Springer departed Saipan, Mariana Islands for her third war patrol. ww2dbase [Springer | Saipan | CPC]
21 Jun 1945

Mariana Islands
  • USS Whale arrived at Saipan, Mariana Islands. ww2dbase [Whale | Saipan | CPC]
18 Jul 1945

Mariana Islands
  • USS Spot arrived at Saipan, Mariana Islands, ending her third war patrol. ww2dbase [Spot | Saipan | CPC]
19 Jul 1945

Mariana Islands
  • USS Spot departed Saipan, Mariana Islands. ww2dbase [Spot | Saipan | CPC]
6 Aug 1945

Photo(s) dated 6 Aug 1945
B-29 Superfortress “Gravel Gertie” with the 882nd Bomb Squadron squats on the runway after suffering a main landing gear collapse, Isley Field, Saipan, Aug 6 1945
14 Aug 1945

Mariana Islands
  • USS Whale arrived at Saipan, Mariana Islands. ww2dbase [Whale | Saipan | CPC]
17 Aug 1945

Mariana Islands
  • USS Dragonet arrived at Saipan, Mariana Islands, ending her third war patrol. ww2dbase [Dragonet | Saipan | CPC]
29 Sep 1945

Mariana Islands
  • USS Ancon departed Saipan, Mariana Islands. ww2dbase [Ancon | Saipan | 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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