11 Sep 1914

Australian New Guinea
  • Australian forces landed near Rabaul, Bismarck Islands and captured the wireless station after a brief but fierce firefight. The 5 Australians killed during this action were the Australian casualties of WW1. ww2dbase [CPC]
12 Sep 1914

Australian New Guinea
  • Australian troops captured the town of Rabaul, Bismarck Islands. ww2dbase [CPC]
7 Dec 1941

Australian New Guinea
  • One day prior to the opening of the Pacific War (owing to the International Date Line), the first three Australian Hudson medium bombers arrived at Rabaul, Bismarck Islands; they were under the command of Flight Lieutenant John Murphy. ww2dbase [Main Article | CPC]
8 Dec 1941

Australian New Guinea
  • The fourth Australian Hudson medium bomber arrived at Rabaul, Bismarck Islands. ww2dbase [Main Article | CPC]
9 Dec 1941

Australian New Guinea
  • Australian Hudson medium bombers began patrolling out of Rabaul, Bismarck Islands. They spotted an unidentified aircraft that was suspected to be Japanese, but they failed to intercept it. ww2dbase [Main Article | CPC]
15 Dec 1941

Australian New Guinea
  • Australian Flight Lieutenant Kenneth Erwin spotted the Japanese invasion fleet, 19 barges and 1 transport, gathering at Kapingamarangi northeast of Rabaul, Bismarck Islands. Hudson medium bombers were dispatched to attack, but they caused no damage. ww2dbase [Main Article | CPC]
18 Dec 1941

Australian New Guinea
  • Two Japanese reconnaissance aircraft were spotted flying over Rabaul, Bismarck Islands. Wirraway fighters were scrambled, but they were not fast enough to intercept. ww2dbase [Main Article | CPC]
26 Dec 1941

Australian New Guinea
  • Two Japanese Type 97 flying boats were spotted over Rabaul, Bismarck Islands. Wirraway fighters were scrambled, but they were not fast enough to intercept. ww2dbase [Main Article | CPC]
4 Jan 1942

Australian New Guinea
  • 16 Type 96 G3M bombers of Chitose Air Group of Japanese Navy 24th Air Flotilla, based at Truk in Caroline Islands, were spotted over Tabor 90 miles north of New Britain at 1000 hours. They reached Rabaul, New Britain at 1100 hours, where they were able to attack various military facilities with minimal resistance (only 2 Wirraway fighters scrambled, while anti-aircraft guns were ineffective). Shortly before sundown, 11 Type 97 H6K flying boats of Yokohama Air Group attacked the Vunakanam Airfield on New Britain; Australians failed to open fire with the anti-aircraft guns altogether, while most of the Japanese bombs missed the airfield. ww2dbase [Main Article | CPC]
6 Jan 1942

Australian New Guinea
  • Japanese aircraft from Truk, Caroline Islands attacked Rabaul, New Britain, Bismarck Islands. ww2dbase [CPC]
  • Nine Japanese flying boats attacked Vunakanau Airfield at Rabaul, New Britain, destroying a direction-finding station and damaging a Wirraway fighter, a Hudson bomber, and the runways; one Wirraway fighter was scrambled and reached the flying boats, but it failed to hit the attackers. ww2dbase [Main Article | CPC]
7 Jan 1942

Australian New Guinea
  • 18 Japanese Type 96 G3M bombers were spotted over Tabar en route to Rabaul, New Britain; when they struck Rabaul, they destroyed one Wirraway fighter and one Hudson bomber. ww2dbase [Main Article | CPC]
16 Jan 1942

Australian New Guinea
  • Japanese aircraft attacked Rabaul, New Britain, destroying fuel stores, bomb stockpiles, and other facilities at Vunakanau Airfield. Two Wirraway fighters were scrambled to intercept, but they failed to reached the Japanese aircraft in time. 6 hours later, several flying boats followed up with an attack with fragmentation bombs. ww2dbase [Main Article | CPC]
20 Jan 1942

Australian New Guinea
  • Akagi's aircraft carried out strikes against Rabaul, New Britain. ww2dbase [Main Article | Tabular Record of Movement | CPC]
  • Shokaku launched strikes against Rabaul, New Britain. ww2dbase [Main Article | Tabular Record of Movement | CPC]
  • Japanese South Seas Force Transport Fleet ships crossed the Equator en route to Rabaul, New Britain at 0500 hours; it was the first Japanese Army force to cross the Equator in history. At 1214 hours, coast watchers at Tabar north of Rabaul spotted 20 Japanese Zero fighters; 109 carrier aircraft reached Rabaul at 1248 hours, destroying 5 of the 8 remaining Wirraway fighters at Rabaul. Shortly after, 27 Type 97 aircraft of carrier Kaga and a number of Type 99 aircraft from carrier Shokaku and Zuikaku attacked, sinking Norwegian freighter Herstein and coal hulk Westralia, losing only one aircraft in combat (a Type 97 piloted by Petty Officer 1st Class Tatsuya Sugihara) and two during recovery. No. 24 Squadron RAAF was effectively wiped out after the attacks on Rabaul on this day. ww2dbase [Main Article | CPC]
21 Jan 1942

Australian New Guinea
  • Frustrated Australian Chaplain John May at Rabaul, New Britain sent a message to Townsville, Australia containing the Latin phrase "Morituri vos salutamus", or "we who are about to die salute you", referring to the Australian government's abandonment of those deployed to Rabaul. To the east, a Catalina aircraft from Buka Island took off at dawn and spotted a Japanese cruiser force 6 hours later; the aircraft was shot down by fighters; 3 were killed, 5 were captured by cruiser Aoba. Shortly after, 52 carrier aircraft attacked Kavieng, New Ireland. At 1630 hours, RAAF command ordered the No. 24 Squadron to attack any Japanese fleets that might be approaching Rabaul as if it did not know that No. 24 Squadron had effectively been wiped out by Japanese attacks on the previous day; nevertheless, the last surviving Hudson bomber was launched on patrol, and would return after failing to find any Japanese ships. ww2dbase [Main Article | CPC]
22 Jan 1942

Australian New Guinea
  • Akagi's aircraft carried out strikes against Rabaul, New Britain. ww2dbase [Main Article | Tabular Record of Movement | CPC]
  • Japanese troops landed on New Ireland, Bismarck Islands and captured Kavieng. At nearby Rabaul, the last surviving Hudson bomber was used to evacuate the wounded airmen from the hospital on Namanula Hill, taking them to Port Moresby, British Territory of Papua. After sunrise, carrier Akagi and Kaga launched aircraft against Rabaul; they attacked two coastal guns at the cost of 2 Type 99 dive bombers. In the late morning, coast watchers at Watom Island spotted a Japanese fleet, which appears on the horizon for the Rabaul defenders by 1200 hours. In the afternoon, Australian troops began to sabotage airfield facilities to prevent Japanese use after capture; when destroying a bomb store, the resulting explosion was much larger than expected, and it killed several natives and the vibration damaged all nearby radios, thus the last message sent out at 1600 hours would become Rabaul's final radio message. ww2dbase [Main Article | CPC]
23 Jan 1942

Australian New Guinea
  • At 0230 hours, Japanese troops began landing on New Britain on three beachheads, two of which were defended, but in general the Japanese had little difficult overcoming the defenses. Carrier aircraft from Akagi and Kaga supported the invasion after dawn, enjoying air superiority thus losing only one pilot (Flight Petty Officer 2nd Class Isao Hiraishi) all day. As the troops entered and captured Rabaul, New Britain, Bismarck Islands, as reported by Tolai natives later, Japanese troops mutilated corpses of Australian troops with axes and bayonets. ww2dbase [Main Article | CPC]
24 Jan 1942

Australian New Guinea
  • Thomas McBride Price led the second Australian attempt at attacking Rabaul, New Britain (the first having been abandoned on the previous day due to weather); clouds over Rabaul obscured both the attackers (5 Catalina aircraft) as well as the defenders, thus the only damage caused was minor friendly fire incidents on the Japanese side. ww2dbase [Main Article | CPC]
26 Jan 1942

Australian New Guinea
  • Japanese troops beheaded Australian prisoner of war Lieutenant Lennox Henry at Rabaul, New Britain. On the same day, Three Australian Catalina aircraft from Port Moresby, British Territory of Papua attacked Rabaul, causing minor damage. ww2dbase [Main Article | CPC]
27 Jan 1942

Australian New Guinea
  • Japanese troops executed Australian prisoner of war Captain Richard Travers at Rabaul, New Britain. ww2dbase [Main Article | CPC]
28 Jan 1942

Australian New Guinea
  • Four Australian Catalina aircraft from Port Moresby, British Territory of Papua attacked Rabaul, New Britain, causing little or no damage. ww2dbase [Main Article | CPC]
30 Jan 1942

Australian New Guinea
  • Japanese troops executed Australian prisoner of war Captain Herbert Silverman at Rabaul, New Britain. On the same day, Australian Thomas McBride Price led 5 Catalina aircraft on an attack on Rabaul, claiming one bomb hit; Price reported the presence of newly arrived large anti-aircraft weapons. ww2dbase [Main Article | CPC]
31 Jan 1942

Australian New Guinea
  • 15 Type 96 A5M4 fighters of the Japanese Chitose Air Group arrived at Rabaul, New Britain to join the A5M4 fighters of the Tainan Air Group that had arrived days earlier. ww2dbase [Main Article | CPC]
2 Feb 1942

Australian New Guinea
  • Major General Tomitaro Horii ordered Lieutenant Colonel Masao Kuwada of Japanese 3rd Battalion to pursue Australian troops who had previously fled into the jungles of southern Gazelle Peninsula on New Britain; Kuwada delegated the task to Lieutenant Tadaichi Noda. After sundown, six Japanese flying boats were launched from Rabaul to attack Port Moresby in British Territory of Papua; they would arrive over the Seven Mile airfield on the next date. ww2dbase [Main Article | CPC]
6 Feb 1942

Australian New Guinea
  • An Australian Hudson bomber conducted a reconnaissance mission over Rabaul, New Britain; a Japanese fighter rose to attack and damaged the Australian aircraft, but it would be able to escape and return to Port Moresby, British Territory of Papua. ww2dbase [CPC]
10 Feb 1942

Australian New Guinea
  • The Japanese Navy established the 4th Air Group at Rabaul, New Britain under the command of Captain Yoshiyotsu Moritama. ww2dbase [CPC]
14 Feb 1942

Australian New Guinea
  • 18 G4M1 Type 1 land attack aircraft of the Japanese Takao Air Group arrived at Vunakanau Airfield near Rabaul, New Britain. ww2dbase [Main Article | CPC]
20 Feb 1942

Australian New Guinea
  • For not revealing the whereabouts of his commanding officer Lieutenant Colonel J. J. Scanlan, Japanese troops executed Australian prisoner of war John R. Gray at Rabaul, New Britain by slashing his chest open and removing his heart while he was still alive. ww2dbase [Main Article | CPC]
23 Feb 1942

Australian New Guinea
  • Just after 0000 hours, six B-17 bombers of US 14th Reconnaissance Squadron were launched from Garbutt Field at Townsville, Australia to attack Rabaul, New Britain. 5 bombers reached and attacked Rabaul at 0647 hours, causing little damage. Four bombers returned to Townsville safely at 1430 hours; 1 crash landed in the Agaiambo Swamp in New Guinea. ww2dbase [CPC]
24 Feb 1942

Australian New Guinea
  • Three Australian Catalina aircraft bombed Rabaul, New Britain; 1 aircraft was lost on this mission. ww2dbase [CPC]
26 Feb 1942

Australian New Guinea
  • Australian Wing Commander Dick Cohen led several Catalina aircraft in a night attack on Rabaul, New Britain; Cohen used his own Catalina aircraft as a dive bomber. ww2dbase [CPC]
3 Mar 1942

Australian New Guinea
  • At Rabaul, New Britain, the Japanese South Seas Force began embarking transports Yokohama Maru and China Maru, while the Maizaru 2nd Special Naval Landing Force began embarking transports Kongo Maru, Tenyo Maru, and Kokai Maru for the invasion of Lae and Salamaua in the Australian Territory of New Guinea. ww2dbase [Main Article | CPC]
5 Mar 1942

Australian New Guinea
  • Tenryu arrived at Rabaul, New Britain and departed for Australian New Guinea island later in the day. ww2dbase [Main Article | Tabular Record of Movement | CPC]
  • Japanese troop transports Yokohama Maru, China Maru, Kongo Maru, Tenyo Maru, and Kokai Maru departed Rabaul, New Britain, Bismarck Islands for New Guinea; the transports were escorted by six cruisers and eight destroyers. ww2dbase [Main Article | CPC]
11 Mar 1942

Australian New Guinea
13 Mar 1942

Australian New Guinea
  • Five B-17 bombers of the US 40th Reconnaissance Squadron from Australia were launched to attack Rabaul, New Britain; only one arrived over the target to drop the bomb load, which caused little damage. ww2dbase [CPC]
14 Mar 1942

Australian New Guinea
18 Mar 1942

Australian New Guinea
  • Japanese hospital ship Hikawa Maru departed Rabaul, New Britain. ww2dbase [Main Article | Tabular Record of Movement | CPC]
  • Several US B-17 bombers launched from Port Moresby, Australian Papua to attack Rabaul, New Britain, causing no damage. ww2dbase [CPC]
27 Mar 1942

Australian New Guinea
28 Mar 1942

Australian New Guinea
1 Apr 1942

Australian New Guinea
  • Tenryu arrived at Rabaul, New Britain, refueled, and departed later in the day. ww2dbase [Main Article | Tabular Record of Movement | CPC]
  • The Japanese 25th Air Flotilla was assigned to Rabaul, New Britain under the command of Rear Admiral Sadayoshi Yasuda. ww2dbase [CPC]
6 Apr 1942

Australian New Guinea
  • At 0200 hours, B-17 bombers of US 22nd Bomb Group were launched from Seven Mile airfield near Port Moresby, Australian Papua. One hours later, the faster B-26 bombers were launched. Flying toward Rabaul, New Britain, this was the first B-17 combat mission against that location as well as the first B-26 combat mission. The B-17 bombers struck first (despite the fact that the two were supposed to be attacking at the same time), causing no damage. By the time the B-26 bombers arrived, 7 Japanese A5M fighters were already in the air, although they failed to close in on the B-26 bombers. The B-26 bombers caused very little damage. ww2dbase [AC, CPC]
9 Apr 1942

Australian New Guinea
  • Just before 1200 hours, eight B-26 Marauder bombers attacked Simpson Harbor and Vunakanau airfield at Rabaul, New Britain, damaging ships in the harbor, port facilities, and several parked aircraft. ww2dbase [CPC]
11 Apr 1942

Australian New Guinea
  • Eight B-26 Marauder bombers took off from Port Moresby, Australian Papua at 0900 hours; one of them would return to base due to engine trouble. The remaining seven attacked Vunakanau airfield and Lakunai airfield near Rabaul, New Britain, causing minimal damage. As the bomber crews returned to base, they reported a sighting of a fleet carrier (most likely mis-identified Kasuga Maru), causing the commanders to scramble to prepare a major against the target. ww2dbase [Main Article | Tabular Record of Movement | CPC]
12 Apr 1942

Australian New Guinea
  • Three B-26 Marauder bombers were launched from Port Moresby, Australian Papua at dawn in search of the reported fleet carrier (most likely the mis-identified Kasuga Maru) at Rabaul, New Britain. At 0930, another group of four B-26 aircraft was launched. The two groups attacked Rabaul, causing little to no damage. ww2dbase [Main Article | Tabular Record of Movement | CPC]
16 Apr 1942

Australian New Guinea
  • Saburo Sakai and other pilots of the Japanese Navy Tainan Air Group arrived at Rabaul, New Britain via the transport ship Komaki Maru. ww2dbase [Main Article | CPC]
18 Apr 1942

Australian New Guinea
  • B-26 Marauder bombers of US 5th Air Force attacked Simpson Harbor and Lakunai airfield at Rabaul, New Britain, Bismarck Archipelago at 1030 hours. Akomaki Maru was sunk (killing 11), as was Komaki Maru as her load of aviation fuel detonated. Lakunai airfield received light damage. After the attack, 80 Australian prisoners of war were executed by the Japanese for having cheered during the attack. ww2dbase [CPC]
29 Apr 1942

Australian New Guinea
  • Tenryu departed Rabaul, New Britain. ww2dbase [Main Article | Tabular Record of Movement | CPC]
  • In the morning, Three US B-28 bombers attacked Rabaul, New Britain, destroying five Zero fighters on the ground and damaged four more. ww2dbase [CPC]
2 May 1942

Australian New Guinea
  • 7 B-26 Marauder bombers from Port Moresby, Australian Papua attacked Rabaul, New Britain, causing little damage. ww2dbase [CPC]
4 May 1942

Australian New Guinea
  • 6 B-26 Marauder bombers from Port Moresby, Australian Papua struck Vunakanau airfield at Rabaul, New Britain, damaging 5 Japanese bombers on the ground, detonating fuel drums, and destroying 2 gas trucks. ww2dbase [CPC]
7 May 1942

Australian New Guinea
10 May 1942

Australian New Guinea
11 May 1942

Australian New Guinea
13 May 1942

Australian New Guinea
22 May 1942

Australian New Guinea
  • Japanese merchant ship Naruto Maru arrived at Rabaul, New Britain. ww2dbase [CPC]
24 May 1942

Australian New Guinea
  • 3 US B-26 Marauder bombers attacked Rabaul, New Britain, destroying the Genzan Air Group headquarters building and destroying four land-attack aircraft on the ground; 2 of the US bombers were damaged during this attack. ww2dbase [CPC]
25 May 1942

Australian New Guinea
  • Engineers and staff officers of the Japanese 25th Air Flotilla and 8th Base Force departed Rabaul, New Britain by flying boat to inspect prospective airfield building sites on Guadalcanal in the Solomon Islands. ww2dbase [Main Article | CPC]
26 May 1942

Australian New Guinea
  • Japanese merchant ship Naruto Maru departed Rabaul, New Britain for Yokohama, Japan. ww2dbase [CPC]
  • US pilot Major Felix Hardison flew a lone B-17E bomber to attack Rabaul, New Britain at night time. ww2dbase [CPC]
22 Jun 1942

Australian New Guinea
  • Montevideo Maru boarded 845 prisoners of war (mostly Australian) and 208 civilian internees at Rabaul, New Britain and set sail for southern China without escort. ww2dbase [Main Article | CPC]
6 Jul 1942

Australian New Guinea
  • Japanese merchant ship Naruto Maru took on Australian nurses and 60 prisoners of war and departed Rabaul, New Britain, sailing for Yokohama, Japan. ww2dbase [CPC]
19 Jul 1942

Australian New Guinea
  • While on a reconnaissance mission, a US B-17 bomber spotted a Japanese convoy departing Rabaul, New Britain toward the island of New Guinea. ww2dbase [Main Article | CPC]
20 Jul 1942

Australian New Guinea
21 Jul 1942

Australian New Guinea
  • Vice Admiral Gunichi Mikawa of the Japanese 8th Fleet based at Rabaul, New Britain, Bismarck Archipelago issued a request for more destroyers. ww2dbase [Main Article | CPC]
23 Jul 1942

Australian New Guinea
  • Vice Admiral Gunichi Mikawa of the Japanese 8th Fleet based at Rabaul, New Britain, Bismarck Archipelago repeated his 21 Jul 1942 request for more destroyers. ww2dbase [Main Article | CPC]
24 Jul 1942

Australian New Guinea
3 Aug 1942

Australian New Guinea
  • Saburo Sakai, along with the others of Japanese Navy Tainan Air Group, was relocated to Rabaul, New Britain. ww2dbase [Main Article | CPC]
6 Aug 1942

Australian New Guinea
  • Japanese transport Yawata Maru delivered 15 A6M3 Zero fighters and 16 Type 99 D3A carrier bombers to Rabaul, New Britain. ww2dbase [CPC]
7 Aug 1942

Australian New Guinea
  • At 0730 hours, 13 US B-17 Flying Fortress bombers took off from Port Moresby, Australian Papua to attack Rabaul, New Britain. Between 0950 and 1045 hours, prior to the arrival of the US attack, 17 Zero fighters of the Japanese Tainan Air Group, 27 Type 1 G4M aircraft of 4th Air Group, and 9 Type 99 D3A aircraft of 2nd Air Group were launched from Rabaul area airfields to join the battle in the Guadalcanal area in the Solomon Islands. The US attack caused minimal damage to runways and minor damage to 12 defending Zero fighters. ww2dbase [CPC]
9 Aug 1942

Australian New Guinea
  • 6 US B-17 Flying Fortress bombers attacked Rabaul, New Britain, causing little damage; 2 bombers were lost on this mission. ww2dbase [CPC]
12 Aug 1942

Australian New Guinea
  • 8 US B-17 Flying Fortress bombers attacked Rabaul, New Britain, damaging transport Matsumoto Maru in Simpson Harbor. ww2dbase [CPC]
17 Aug 1942

Australian New Guinea
21 Aug 1942

Australian New Guinea
  • 14 Zero fighters of Japanese 6th Air Group arrived at Lakunai airfield near Rabaul, New Britain. ww2dbase [CPC]
24 Aug 1942

Australian New Guinea
28 Aug 1942

Australian New Guinea
29 Aug 1942

Australian New Guinea
  • 8 US B-17 Flying Fortress bombers attacked the Vunakanau airfield near Rabaul, New Britain. Later on the same day, troops of the Japanese 81st Naval Garrison executed six Australians at Rabaul. ww2dbase [CPC]
30 Aug 1942

Australian New Guinea
1 Sep 1942

Australian New Guinea
  • 130 troops of the Japanese 5th Yokosuka Special Naval Landing Forces departed Rabaul, New Britain for Milne Bay, Australian Papua. ww2dbase [CPC]
10 Sep 1942

Australian New Guinea
  • Matome Ugaki arrived at Rabaul, New Britain to meet with officers of the Japanese Navy 8th Fleet, Japanese Navy 11st Air Fleet, and Japanese Army 17th Army. ww2dbase [Main Article | CPC]
  • Japanese destroyers Isokaze and Yayoi departed Rabaul, New Britain for Goodenough Island, Australian Papua with intention of evacuating the 353 troops of the Japanese 5th Sasebo Special Naval Landing Force there. ww2dbase [Main Article | CPC]
11 Sep 1942

Australian New Guinea
12 Sep 1942

Australian New Guinea
  • Tenryu arrived at Rabaul, New Britain. ww2dbase [Main Article | Tabular Record of Movement | CPC]
  • Matome Ugaki observed activities of the personnel of the headquarters of the Japanese 11th Air Fleet at Rabaul, New Britain. ww2dbase [Main Article | CPC]
14 Sep 1942

Australian New Guinea
  • The Japanese base at Rabaul, New Britain suffered an accidental ammunition explosion at about 1300 hours. ww2dbase [CPC]
15 Sep 1942

Australian New Guinea
  • US B-17 Flying Fortress bombers attacked Rabaul, New Britain, causing little damage. ww2dbase [CPC]
16 Sep 1942

Australian New Guinea
  • US B-17 Flying Fortress bombers attacked Rabaul, New Britain, causing little damage. ww2dbase [CPC]
18 Sep 1942

Australian New Guinea
  • Tenryu departed Rabaul, New Britain. ww2dbase [Main Article | Tabular Record of Movement | CPC]
  • US B-17 Flying Fortress bombers attacked Rabaul, New Britain, causing little damage. ww2dbase [CPC]
24 Sep 1942

Australian New Guinea
1 Oct 1942

Australian New Guinea
2 Oct 1942

Australian New Guinea
  • USAAF B-17 Flying Fortress bombers of 19th Bomb Group of US 5th Air Force from Port Moresby, Australian Papua attacked Rabaul, New Britain between 0440 and 0510 hours, damaging Japanese light cruiser Tenryu with a hit at the stern, killing 22 and wounding 26. Auxiliary repair ship Hakkai Maru would provide Tenryu with temporary repairs. ww2dbase [Main Article | Tabular Record of Movement | CPC]
5 Oct 1942

Australian New Guinea
  • 6 B-17 Flying Fortress bombers of US 30th Bomb Squadron from Port Moresby, Australian Papua attacked Vunakanau airfield at Rabaul, New Britain. Simultaneously, 8 B-17 bombers of 28th Bomb Squadron attacked nearby Lakunai airfield. The attacks caused very minor damage. ww2dbase [CPC]
8 Oct 1942

Australian New Guinea
  • Troops of the Japanese 81st Naval Garrison executed Allied prisoners of war airman Harl Pease, airman Chester Czechowski, airman Harold Massie, coast watcher Cecil John Trevelyan Mason, coast watcher Arthur King, and coast watcher Ray Woodroffe at Rabaul, New Britain. They were executed by either rifle fire or bayonet. A Japanese Army doctor was seen dissecting at least one of the six men after the execution. ww2dbase [CPC]
  • 36 US B-17 Flying Fortress bombers moved from Mareeba airfield in Queensland, Australia to Port Moresby, Australian Papua. Before the end of the day, they took off for Rabaul, New Britain for an attack early on the next day. 4 Australian PBY Catalina aircraft dropped bombs on Rabaul to start fires for the B-17 bombers that would arrive in a few hours. ww2dbase [CPC]
  • Vice Admiral Jinichi Kusaka arrived at Rabaul, New Britain. ww2dbase [Main Article | CPC]
9 Oct 1942

Australian New Guinea
  • B-17 Flying Fortress bombers attacked Rabaul, New Britain at 0400 hours, causing little damage. ww2dbase [CPC]
10 Oct 1942

Australian New Guinea
  • Japanese hospital ship Hikawa Maru departed Rabaul, New Britain. ww2dbase [Main Article | Tabular Record of Movement | CPC]
  • 7 Australian PBY Catalina aircraft attacked Rabaul, New Britain at 0330 hours. At 0400 hours, 18 US B-17 Flying Fortress bombers attacked Rabaul's Simpson harbor while 3 B-17 bombers attacked nearby Lakunai airfield. ww2dbase [CPC]
20 Oct 1942

Australian New Guinea
  • Hakkai Maru completed temporary repairs for Tenryu at Rabaul, New Britain. ww2dbase [Main Article | Tabular Record of Movement | CPC]
  • The USAAF conducted a photo reconnaissance mission over Rabaul, New Britain, revealing a concentration of about 70 ships. ww2dbase [CPC]
21 Oct 1942

Australian New Guinea
  • Tenryu conducted post-repair trials off Rabaul, New Britain. Upon returning to port, a damaged 8-centimeter anti-aircraft gun mount was replaced. ww2dbase [Main Article | Tabular Record of Movement | CPC]
22 Oct 1942

Australian New Guinea
  • The USAAF conducted a photo reconnaissance mission over Rabaul, New Britain, revealing a concentration of about 70 ships. ww2dbase [CPC]
23 Oct 1942

Australian New Guinea
  • 7 US B-17 Flying Fortress bombers launched from Port Moresby, Australian Papua at 0145 hours, followed by another 7 shortly after. As they reached Rabaul, New Britain, ,most of them conducted conventional bombing against Simpson Harbor while 3 of them skip-bombed; the skip-bombing damaged 2 submarine chasers. ww2dbase [CPC]
25 Oct 1942

Australian New Guinea
27 Oct 1942

Australian New Guinea
31 Oct 1942

Australian New Guinea
4 Nov 1942

Australian New Guinea
  • Japanese troops executed Australian aviator Allan Norman and his crew by decapitation at the Tavurvur crater near Rabaul, New Britain. ww2dbase [CPC]
13 Nov 1942

Australian New Guinea
17 Nov 1942

Australian New Guinea
  • The Americans launched ten bombers to attack Rabaul, New Britain, but due to stormy weather only five of them arrived over the Japanese base, and only one was successful in dropping its payload, hitting nothing. One of the ten airfield failed to return after the mission, having disappeared en route. ww2dbase [CPC]
23 Nov 1942

Australian New Guinea
7 Dec 1942

Australian New Guinea
  • US B-24 bombers attacked Rabaul, New Britain, causing no damage due to poor weather. ww2dbase [CPC]
17 Dec 1942

Australian New Guinea
30 Dec 1942

Australian New Guinea
  • 7 B-17 bombers of US 43rd Bomb Group attacked Rabaul, New Britain at 0530 hours, sinking small cargo ship Tomiura Maru. The pilots reported 21 warships gathering in Simpson Harbor. ww2dbase [CPC]
31 Dec 1942

Australian New Guinea
  • 6 B-17 bombers attacked Lakunai airfield near Rabaul, New Britain with wire-wrapped 500-pound bombs, causing very little damage. ww2dbase [CPC]
3 Jan 1943

Australian New Guinea
  • The Japanese leadership in Rabaul, New Britain received the text of the Army-Navy Central Agreement on South Pacific Area Operations, which called for the strengthening of Solomon Islands and New Guinea footholds upon the completion of the evacuation of Guadalcanal. ww2dbase [CPC]
5 Jan 1943

Australian New Guinea
  • Despite George Kenney's orders for an all-out attack on Rabaul, New Britain at dawn, Kenneth Walker launched a limited (without 63rd Bomb Squadron, whose commander William Benn disagreed with the timing of the attack) mid-day attack. Bad weather in Australia prevented some of the B-24 bombers from launching, thus ultimately only 6 B-24 bombers and 6 B-17 bombers took off for the attack. Two B-17 bombers attacked Lakunai and Vunakanau airfields near Rabaul between 0900 and 0930 hours. At 1200 hours, 6 B-24 bombers and 3 B-17 bombers (one of which carried Walker) attacked, sinking army transport Keifuku Maru, damaging two merchant ships, and damaging destroyer Tachikaze; 3 Ki-43 fighters were shot down during the raid. At 1317 hours, B-17 bomber San Antonio Rose was shot down; Walker and the entire crew were reported as missing, and none of them would be found. ww2dbase [Main Article | CPC]
6 Jan 1943

Australian New Guinea
  • USAAF B-17 and B-24 bombers attacked Japanese shipping at Rabaul, New Britain. ww2dbase [Main Article | CPC]
7 Jan 1943

Australian New Guinea
  • 44 Japanese bombers and 60 fighters took off from Rabaul, New Britain, intending to attack Port Moresby, Australian Papua; the attack was canceled after the aircraft ran into bad weather. ww2dbase [CPC]
21 Jan 1943

Australian New Guinea
  • Allied aircraft attacked Rabaul, New Britain, sinking small freighter Tetsusan Maru. ww2dbase [CPC]
26 Jan 1943

Australian New Guinea
  • US bombers conducted a night raid on Rabaul, New Britain; Zero fighters rose to intercept and shot down one B-17 bomber. ww2dbase [CPC]
15 Feb 1943

Australian New Guinea
  • Starting at 0340 hours, a total of 34 US B-17 bombers in four waves attacked Rabaul, New Britain, dropping 98,000 pounds of various bombs including flares, 300-pound demolition bombs, 100-pound daisy cutter bombs, 20-pound fragmentation bombs, and incendiary bombs, damaging aircraft and destroying food stores, oil drums, and ammunition dumps; three bombs were lost on this mission. ww2dbase [CPC]
16 Feb 1943

Australian New Guinea
  • 17 US B-17 bombers attacked Rabaul, New Britain before dawn. ww2dbase [CPC]
28 Feb 1943

Australian New Guinea
  • Japanese convoy Operation 81 assembled at Rabaul, New Britain and readied for departure scheduled for the next day. The convoy was consisted of 6 transports (carrying 6,000 troops and supplies), 1 old navy supply ship (carrying 600 Special Naval Landing Force troops), and 1 small freighter (carrying 1,650 drums of aviation gas); it was escorted by 8 destroyers. ww2dbase [Main Article | CPC]
1 Mar 1943

Australian New Guinea
  • The Japanese convoy Operation 81 (consisted of 6 transports, 1 old navy supply ship, and 1 small freighter, carrying a total of 6,600 troops) departed Rabaul, New Britain. The convoy was discovered by Lieutenant Walt Higgins' B-24 patrol along the northern coast of New Britain at 1500 hours; 7 B-17 bombers were dispatched to attack, but they failed to locate the convoy. ww2dbase [Main Article | CPC]
7 Mar 1943

Australian New Guinea
  • Destroyer Yukikaze departed Rabaul, New Britain, Bismarck Islands. ww2dbase [Main Article | CPC]
23 Mar 1943

Australian New Guinea
  • 9 US B-17 bombers attacked the Japanese base at Rabaul, New Britain, causing damage to the airfields. One of the bombers dropped large bombs in the Rabalanakaia volcano in an attempt to artificially cause an eruption, but the attempt was successful; the Americans did not realize that the volcano was actually dormant. ww2dbase [CPC]
27 Mar 1943

Australian New Guinea
  • Japanese 6th Field Kempeitai arrived at Rabaul, New Britain. ww2dbase [CPC]
3 Apr 1943

Australian New Guinea
  • Admiral Yamamoto and his staff departed Truk, Caroline Islands for Rabaul, New Britain on two Kawanishi H8K flying boats to supervise Operation I-GO from 7 to 14 Apr 1943, expecting to return to flagship Musashi on 19 Apr 1943. They arrived at Rabaul at 1340 hours. ww2dbase [Main Article | CPC]
4 Apr 1943

Australian New Guinea
  • Isoroku Yamamoto and Ryunosuke Kusaka met at Rabaul, New Britain to discuss the details of the I-Go offensive. ww2dbase [Main Article | CPC]
12 Apr 1943

Australian New Guinea
  • Matome Ugaki became sick with dengue fever and was ordered to remain in bed at Rabaul, New Britain. ww2dbase [Main Article | CPC]
13 Apr 1943

Australian New Guinea
  • Matome Ugaki, still recovering from dengue fever at Rabaul, New Britain, was given permission by the doctor to leave his bed. ww2dbase [Main Article | CPC]
  • At Rabaul, New Britain, Admiral Isoroku Yamamoto played a game of Shogi with Vice Admiral Ryunosuke Kusaka, discussing Pacific War strategy meanwhile. When Yamamoto spoke of his intention to personally inspect forward bases to raise morale, Rear Admiral Takatsugu Jojima and Vice Admiral Jisaburo Ozawa protested but failed to dissuade Yamamoto. Yamamoto's lieutenants were particularly worried about the fact that Yamamoto's detailed travel itinerary were sent over radio. ww2dbase [Main Article | CPC]
16 Apr 1943

Australian New Guinea
  • A scheduled fighter sweep from Rabaul, New Britain was cancelled as a reconnaissance aircraft failed to return from northeastern New Guinea island region. Despite of this cancellation, Isoroku Yamamoto announced the successful conclusion of the I-Go air offensive. ww2dbase [Main Article | CPC]
17 Apr 1943

Australian New Guinea
  • Matome Ugaki chaired a conference at the 8th Base Force Headquarters at Rabaul, New Britain. Among other topics, the admirals discussed the lack of armor on Japanese aircraft and the concern that Isoroku Yamamoto was soon to personally visit the front lines. ww2dbase [Main Article | CPC]
10 May 1943

Australian New Guinea
  • 59 Zero fighters, 7 J1N reconnaissance aircraft, and 47 G4M bombers arrived at Rabaul, New Britain. ww2dbase [CPC]
  • An experimental J1N1 aircraft arrived at Lakunaia Airfield, Rabaul, New Britain. It was armed with aerial burst bomb launchers, a weapon designed against US bombers. ww2dbase [CPC]
11 May 1943

Australian New Guinea
  • US B-17 and B-24 bombers attacked Lakunai Airfield and Vunakanau Airfield at Rabaul, New Britain. ww2dbase [CPC]
20 May 1943

Australian New Guinea
  • 12 US heavy bombers attacked Vunakanau Airfield at Rabaul, New Britain between 0300 and 0430 hours, causing limited damage to the facilities, but greatly affected Japanese morale. ww2dbase [CPC]
21 May 1943

Australian New Guinea
  • 4 US B-17 bombers attacked Vunakanau Airfield and Rapopo Airfield at Rabaul, New Britain. Pilot Senior Flight Petty Officer Shigetoshi Kudo and observer Lieutenant (jg) Akira Sugawara, in the J1N reconnaissance aircraft equipped with experimental aerial burst bomb launchers, shot down B-17E bomber "Honi Kuu Okole" (Major Paul Williams) and a unnamed B-17F bomber (Captain Joseph Geddes); it was this particular J1N aircraft's first combat. ww2dbase [CPC]
24 May 1943

Australian New Guinea
  • Five B-17 and six B-24 bombers attacked Rabaul, New Britain with 17 tons of bombs between 0030 and 0145 hours, hitting Lakunai, Rapopo, and Vunakanau airfields. One B-24D bomber crashed at Port Moresby, Australian Papua upon its return at 0530 hours, killing all aboard. ww2dbase [CPC]
9 Jun 1943

Australian New Guinea
  • 21 B-17 bombers attacked Lakunai, Vunakanau, and Rapopo airfields at Rabaul, New Britain with 73,000 pounds of bombs between 0215 and 0520 hours. A J1N1 nightfighter (pilot Chief Flight Officer Satoru Ono, observer Lieutenant (jg) Kisaku Hamano) damaged two of the US bombers. ww2dbase [Main Article | CPC]
11 Jun 1943

Australian New Guinea
  • 10 B-24 bombers of US 43rd Bomb Group attacked Vunakanau airfield at Rabaul, New Britain with 39,000 pounds of bombs between 0000 and 0500 hours, destroying some Japanese aircraft on the ground. ww2dbase [CPC]
13 Jun 1943

Australian New Guinea
  • 21 B-17 bombers attacked Rabaul, New Britain with 87,000 pounds of bombs before dawn; a J1N1 nightfighter (pilot Senior Flight Petty Officer Shigetoshi Kudo, observer Lieutenant (jg) Akira Sugawara) shot down B-17 bomber "Georgia Peach" at 0326 hours. ww2dbase [Main Article | CPC]
15 Jun 1943

Australian New Guinea
  • More than 20 B-17 and B-24 bombers attacked Lakunai airfield at Rabaul, New Britain before dawn. A J1N1 nightfighter (pilot Chief Flight Officer Satoru Ono, observer Lieutenant (jg) Kisaku Hamano) shot down one bomber, while two B-24 bombers fired on each other over Rabaul in confusion. ww2dbase [Main Article | CPC]
26 Jun 1943

Australian New Guinea
  • 11 B-17 bombers attacked Rabaul, New Britain before dawn. A J1N nightfighter (pilot Senior Flight Petty Officer Shigetoshi Kudo, observer Warrant Officer Michitaro Ichikawa) shot down B-17F bomber "Taxpayer's Pride" and B-17E bomber "Naughty But Nice", which made Shigetoshi Kudo the first Japanese nightfighter ace. ww2dbase [Main Article | CPC]
30 Jun 1943

Australian New Guinea
  • Senior Flight Petty Officer Shigetoshi Kudo shot down B-17F bomber "Pluto" over Rabaul, New Britain. ww2dbase [Main Article | CPC]
6 Aug 1943

Australian New Guinea
  • The 10,000-strong Japanese 4th Air Army under Lieutenant General Kumaichi Teramoto arrived at Rabaul, New Britain. ww2dbase [CPC]
7 Aug 1943

Photo(s) dated 7 Aug 1943
Aviation navigational Approach Map to designed guide strike aircraft to Lakunai Aerodrome at Rabaul, New Britain, Bismarck Islands. Map dated Aug 7, 1943. Note other airfields marked on the map.
9 Aug 1943

Australian New Guinea
  • A party of German officers departed Rabaul, New Britain. They had inspected Japanese facilities and spoke to American prisoners of war prior to their departure. ww2dbase [CPC]
18 Aug 1943

Australian New Guinea
  • Shigure arrived at Rabaul, New Britain. ww2dbase [Main Article | CPC]
3 Sep 1943

Australian New Guinea
  • Nine RAAF Catalina aircraft based at Cairns, Queensland, Australia attacked Vunakanau Airfield, Lakunai Airfield, and Rapopo Airfield at Rabaul, New Britain, causing no damage and suffering no damage. ww2dbase [CPC]
6 Oct 1943

Australian New Guinea
  • Lieutenant Kay Klages successfully conducted a photographic reconnaissance mission over Rabaul, New Britain. ww2dbase [Main Article | CPC]
9 Oct 1943

Australian New Guinea
  • US 8th Photo Reconnaissance Squadron successfully took photos of Rabaul, New Britain. ww2dbase [Main Article | CPC]
10 Oct 1943

Australian New Guinea
  • US 8th Photo Reconnaissance Squadron successfully took photos of Rabaul, New Britain. ww2dbase [Main Article | CPC]
11 Oct 1943

Australian New Guinea
  • US 8th Photo Reconnaissance Squadron successfully took photos of Rabaul, New Britain. ww2dbase [Main Article | CPC]
12 Oct 1943

Australian New Guinea
  • 8 squadrons of bombers launched from Dobodura Airfield, Australian Papua, with escorting US and Australian fighters, attacked Rapopo Airfield, Vunakanau Airfield, and Tobera Airfield at Rabaul, New Britain. The Allies lost 3 B-24, 1 B-25, and 1 Beaufighter aircraft. The Japanese suffered eight damaged ships (transport Tsukushi, oiler Naruto, destroyer Mochizuki, destroyer Minazuki, destroyer Tachikaze, submarine I-7, submarine I-80, and submarine RO-105), six transports sunk, 4 A6M aircraft destroyed, 9 A6M aicraft damaged, and some fuel dumps destroyed. ww2dbase [Main Article | CPC]
17 Oct 1943

Australian New Guinea
  • The F-5 aircraft flown by Lieutenant William Southard, escorted by two P-38 fighters, conducted a photographic reconnaissance mission over Rabaul, New Britain. ww2dbase [Main Article | CPC]
18 Oct 1943

Australian New Guinea
  • 77 B-24 bombers from Port Moresby, Australian Papua made rendezvous with 55 P-38 fighters over Kiriwina, Trobriand Islands for a raid on Rabaul, New Britain; a separate group of 54 B-25 bombers, modified for strafing, flew for Rabaul separately. Poor weather would force the first group to cancel its mission, but the B-25 bombers proceeded without fighter escort. They heavily damaged Japanese submarine chaser CH-23, lightly damaged transport Johore Maru, and shot down 8 Japanese fighters (3 additional fighters were lost on landings); the Japanese shot down many B-25 bombers. Subsequent investigation on why the B-25 bombers proceeded despite having no escorts would find no faults. ww2dbase [Main Article | CPC]
19 Oct 1943

Australian New Guinea
  • F-5 aircraft of US 8th Photo Reconnaissance Squadron detected more than 200 Japanese aircraft gathered at the four airfields in and near Rabaul, New Britain. ww2dbase [Main Article | CPC]
24 Oct 1943

Australian New Guinea
  • 62 B-25 bombers (modified for ground attack) from Dobodura, Australian Papua made rendezvous with 54 P-38 fighters from Kiriwina of Trobriand Islands, and the group attacked Rabaul, New Britain. The Americans lost 2 B-25 and 1 P-38 aircraft. The Japanese suffered 8 A6M fighters lost, 6 A6M fighters damaged, 2 G4M bombers lost, 5 G4M bombers heavily damaged, 27 G4M bombers lightly damaged. ww2dbase [Main Article | CPC]
25 Oct 1943

Australian New Guinea
  • 61 B-24 bombers, escorted by 81 P-38 fighters from Kiriwina of Trobriand Islands, attacked Lakunai Airfield at Rabaul, New Britain. The Americans suffered 1 B-24 bomber lost and several damaged. The Japanese suffered 20 aircraft lost or heavily damaged, 18 aircraft slightly damaged, the airstrip of Lakunai temporarily out of commission, and 8 ships damaged in the harbor. ww2dbase [Main Article | CPC]
27 Oct 1943

Australian New Guinea
  • From Rabaul in New Britain, Jinichi Kusaka reported to his superiors at the Combined Fleet headquarters at Truk, Caroline Islands that only 10 D3Y dive bombers, 70 A6M fighters, and 36 G3M bombers were left at Rabaul. He requested four divisions of fighters and three divisions of dive bombers to be sent to reinforce the base. ww2dbase [Main Article | CPC]
29 Oct 1943

Australian New Guinea
  • B-24 bombers, escorted by P-38 fighters, attacked Vunakanau Airfield at Rabaul, New Britain. 72 A6M fighters rose to defend. The Japanese lost at least 7 fighters in combat. ww2dbase [Main Article | CPC]
1 Nov 1943

Australian New Guinea
  • Per Admiral Mineichi Koga's orders, Vice Admiral Jisaburo Ozawa transferred 150 aircraft of Carrier Division 1 temporarily to the airfields at Rabaul, New Britain. ww2dbase [Main Article | CPC]
2 Nov 1943

Photo(s) dated 2 Nov 1943
USAAF 3rd Bomb Group aircraft attacking Haguro and other ships in Simpson Harbor, Rabaul, New Britain, 2 Nov 1943, photo 2 of 2Haguro under air attack by USAAF 3rd Bomb Group, Simpson Harbor, Rabaul, New Britain, 2 Nov 1943USAAF 3rd Bomb Group aircraft attacking Haguro and other ships in Simpson Harbor, Rabaul, New Britain, 2 Nov 1943, photo 1 of 2B-25D Mitchell bomber of the 13th Bomb Squadron departing Simpson Harbor after an attack, Rabaul, New Britain, 2 Nov 1943
See all photos dated 2 Nov 1943
4 Nov 1943

Australian New Guinea
5 Nov 1943

Australian New Guinea
  • During the US raid on Rabaul, New Britain, Agano was damaged by a near miss, killing one. ww2dbase [Main Article | Tabular Record of Movement | CPC]
  • During the US raid on Rabaul, New Britain, Noshiro suffered punctured hull by strafing of dive bombers and a dent in the hull by a torpedo dud hit. ww2dbase [Main Article | Tabular Record of Movement | CPC]
  • During the US raid on Rabaul, New Britain, Chikuma was damaged by a near miss from a dive bomber piloted by Lieutenant (jg) John Lucas. ww2dbase [Main Article | Tabular Record of Movement | CPC]
  • During the US raid on Rabaul, New Britain, Mogami was hit on the main deck between No. 1 and No. 2 turrets, killing 19; skilled flooding of the forward magazine prevented detonation. ww2dbase [Main Article | Tabular Record of Movement | CPC]
  • During the US raid on Rabaul, New Britain, Takao was hit on the main deck near No. 2 turret, killing 23. ww2dbase [Main Article | Tabular Record of Movement | CPC]
  • During the US raid on Rabaul, New Britain, Atago was damaged by three near misses, killing 22, including commanding officer Captain Nobuki Nakaoka. ww2dbase [Main Article | Tabular Record of Movement | CPC]
  • During the US raid on Rabaul, New Britain, Maya was damaged by a hit on the port side scout plane deck, resulting in a fire that would raise the total death toll to 70 when all battle damage came under control. ww2dbase [Main Article | Tabular Record of Movement | CPC]
  • Naka arrived at Rabaul, New Britain; later that day, she was slightly damaged by near misses by US carrier aircraft. ww2dbase [Main Article | Tabular Record of Movement | CPC]
  • During the US raid on Rabaul, New Britain, Amagiri was damaged by a near miss. ww2dbase [Main Article | Tabular Record of Movement | CPC]
  • US Task Force 38, with carriers USS Saratoga and USS Princeton, launched aircraft 60 miles southwest of Cape Torokina, Bougainville, Solomon Islands against Japanese Cruiser Division 4 anchored at Rabaul, New Britain; the Japanese detected the arrival of Task Force 38 but had mistakenly identified the carriers as transports, thus there was no immediate response. USS Saratoga launched 33 F6F, 16 TBF, and 22 SBD aircraft; USS Princeton launched 19 F6F and 7 TBF aircraft. Facing up to 70 Japanese fighters, the dive bombers attacked first, damaging several cruisers and two destroyers. The torpedo bombers attacked next, making only two hits, and both torpedoes were duds. The US suffered 9 aircraft lost and 14 airmen killed. In addition to the damage to Cruiser Division 4, the Japanese lost 1 D4Y1, 3 A6M, and 1 twin-engine transport aircraft. After the raid by carrier aircraft, US Army B-24 bombers conducted a follow-up attack, killing hundreds but causing minimal damage to shipping and facilities. ww2dbase [Main Article | TH, CPC]
Photo(s) dated 5 Nov 1943
Japanese freighter exploding after being hit by a bomb, Rabaul, New Britain, Nov 1943
6 Nov 1943

Australian New Guinea
7 Nov 1943

Australian New Guinea
  • 26 B-24 bombers with P-38 fighters in escort attacked Rapopo Airfield at Rabaul, New Britain; 58 Japanese fighters rose in defense. The Americans lost 5 P-38 fighters. ww2dbase [Main Article | CPC]
11 Nov 1943

Australian New Guinea
  • In the morning, 276 US Navy carrier aircraft (78 from USS Saratoga, 29 from USS Princeton, 69 from USS Bunker Hill, 75 from USS Essex, and 25 from USS Independence), 23 land-based US Navy F4U-1 fighters, 1 squadron of land-based US Navy F6F fighters, and 23 US Army Air Forces B-24 bombers attacked Rabaul, New Britain. While the USAAF bombers did minimal damage on Lakunai airfield, the US Navy aircraft were able to sink destroyer Suzunami (148 killed including commanding officer Captain Masao Kamiyama), damage destroyer Naganami, and damage two other destroyers. 11 Japanese aircraft were lost in this engagement. The Americans lost 4 TBF and 5 F6F aircraft in combat; 1 TBF, 2 SB2C, and 4 F6F written off due to extensive damage; and 30 aircraft lightly damaged. In response to the attack, the Japanese launched 23 D3A, 14 B5N, 4 D4Y, and 33 A6M aircraft (32 Japanese Army fighters were also launched but they lost their way) to attack the American carrier fleet; they shot down 6 US aircraft at the cost of 33 aircraft lost (including famed pilot Lieutenant Masao Sato). ww2dbase [Main Article | CPC]
12 Nov 1943

Australian New Guinea
  • Admiral Mineichi Koga ordered the remaining Carrier Division 1 aircraft at Rabaul, New Britain to be withdrawn to Truk, Caroline Islands. After the departure of Carrier Division 1, Vice Admiral Jinichi Kusaka noted that 11th Air Fleet had the strength of only 202 aircraft, only 110 of which were combat-ready. ww2dbase [Main Article | CPC]
14 Nov 1943

Australian New Guinea
  • After dark, 32 Australian Beaufort aircraft from Goodenough Island off the tip of Australian Papua attacked Rabaul, New Britain in three waves; they caused little damage. ww2dbase [Main Article | CPC]
30 Nov 1943

Australian New Guinea
  • After dark, Australian Beaufort aircraft from Goodenough Island off the tip of Australian Papua attacked Rabaul, New Britain. ww2dbase [Main Article | CPC]
14 Dec 1943

Photo(s) dated 14 Dec 1943
B-25 Mitchell bomber flying low above a Japanese transport during a raid on Rabaul, New Britain, circa late 1943
17 Dec 1943

Australian New Guinea
  • 78 Allied fighters (US Marine Corps F4U fighters, US Navy F6F fighters, RNZAF Kittyhawk fighters) took off from Torokina Airfield on Bougainville, Solomon Islands for a fighter sweep over Rabaul, New Britain. 70 Japanese fighters rose to defend. RNZAF pilots claimed 5 Japanese shot down while suffering 2 losses, while the Americans claimed 4; Japanese records would later show that only 2 A6M aircraft were lost on this day (with only 1 pilot killed). Gregory Boyington, who participated in the sweep, thought the Japanese only launched a limited number of aircraft in defense because the Allies sent too many fighters, and it made more sense for the Japanese to rely more on anti-aircraft guns rather than risking fighters. ww2dbase [Main Article | CPC]
19 Dec 1943

Australian New Guinea
  • 16 B-24 bombers with an escort of 50 P-38, F4U, and Kittyhawk fighters attacked Rabaul, New Britain. 49 Japanese fighters rose to defend. The Americans lost 2 aircraft in combat and a further 8 aircraft were written off after the mission; the Japanese lost 5 A6M fighters in combat. ww2dbase [Main Article | CPC]
  • 18 A6M3 fighters arrived at Rabaul, New Britain. ww2dbase [Main Article | CPC]
21 Dec 1943

Australian New Guinea
  • A heavy bomber raid originally scheduled for Rabaul, New Britain was canceled due to poor weather. ww2dbase [Main Article | CPC]
23 Dec 1943

Australian New Guinea
  • 24 US Army Air Force bombers conducted an attack on Lakunai Airfield at Rabaul, New Britain, escorted by 48 US Navy F6F and US Marine Corps F4U fighters; 1 F6F and 2 F4U aircraft were shot down by ground fire during the bombing mission. Shortly after, 48 USMC F4U fighters and a number of USAAF P-38 fighters conducted a fighter sweep over Rabaul. 99 Japanese A6M fighters rose to defend against the sweep. USMC airmen claimed 21 Japanese shot down, and USAAF 8; Gregory Boyington of USMC squadron VMF-214 alone claimed 4; Japanese records would later reveal that only 6 aircraft were lost during the fighter sweep. ww2dbase [Main Article | CPC]
24 Dec 1943

Australian New Guinea
  • 50 Allied aircraft (Australian Kittyhawk fighters and US F6F fighters) conducted a fighters sweep over Rabaul, New Britain. A raid by heavy bombers followed the fighter sweep. ww2dbase [Main Article | CPC]
25 Dec 1943

Australian New Guinea
  • 15 B-24 bombers escorted by about 50 fighters (P-38, F4U, F6F, and Kittyhawk fighters) attacked Rabaul, New Britain. 88 Japanese fighters rose to defend. The Americans lost 1 F4U and 2 P-38 aircraft; the Japanese lost 3 aircraft. ww2dbase [Main Article | CPC]
27 Dec 1943

Australian New Guinea
  • 64 F4U and F6F fighters conducted a fighter sweeper over Rabaul, New Britain. 50 Japanese fighters rose to defend. The Americans lost 1 F4U fighter while claiming 4 Japanese shot down. ww2dbase [Main Article | CPC]
28 Dec 1943

Australian New Guinea
  • 64 F4U Corsair fighters of US Marine Corps squadrons VMF-214 and VMF-216 conducted a fighter sweep over Rabaul, New Britain. 72 Japanese fighters rose to defend. The Americans claimed 30 Japanese shot down, but Japanese records would later revealed that only 3 fighters were actually lost. ww2dbase [Main Article | CPC]
30 Dec 1943

Australian New Guinea
  • Two missions were planned against Rabaul, New Britain. The fighter sweep mission was canceled due to poor weather, but the bombing raids proceeded as planned. 20 B-24 bombers escorted by 20 F4U and 20 F6F fighters dropped 70 1,000-pound bombs. At least one B-24 bomber was shot down by the Japanese. ww2dbase [Main Article | CPC]
1 Jan 1944

Australian New Guinea
  • 15 B-24 bombers escorted by 68 fighters attacked Rabaul, New Britain. The Americans lost 1 B-24 bomber in combat, and another on landing after the mission was over; additionally, two returned bombers were noted as heavily damaged. ww2dbase [Main Article | CPC]
  • 40 Japanese aircraft arrived at Rabaul, New Britain. ww2dbase [Main Article | CPC]
2 Jan 1944

Australian New Guinea
  • 20 F6F and 28 F4U fighters from Torokina Airfield in Bougainville conducted a fighter sweep over Rabaul, New Britain; two of these fighters turned back to Torokina due to mechanical problems. 80 A6M fighters rose to defend. The Americans reported 1 kill, 1 probable, and 2 Japanese aircraft damaged. ww2dbase [Main Article | CPC]
3 Jan 1944

Australian New Guinea
  • US Marine Corps ace pilot Major Greg "Pappy" Boyington, flying a F4U Corsair fighter, was shot down by Japanese Navy pilot Captain Masajiro Kawato, flying a Zero fighter, over Rabaul, New Britain. Boyington's wingman, Captain George Ashmun, was also shot down. ww2dbase [CPC]
  • 28 F4U and 16 F6F fighters were launched from Torokina Airfield on Bougainville at 0630 hours for a fighter sweep mission over Rabaul, New Britain; some of these fighters returned to base shortly after launch due to mechanical problems. 70 A6M fighters rose to defend Rabaul. ww2dbase [Main Article | CPC]
4 Jan 1944

Australian New Guinea
  • Lieutenant Douglas Bedkober, a coast watcher of Australian Z Special Unit, died while in captivity at Rabaul, New Britain. It was reported by fellow prisoners of war that he had refused to eat for several days prior to his death. ww2dbase [CPC]
5 Jan 1944

Australian New Guinea
  • The first land-based (Bougainville) SBD and TBF aircraft raid on Rabaul, New Britain was cancelled due to weather. ww2dbase [Main Article | CPC]
6 Jan 1944

Australian New Guinea
  • P-38 and F4U aircraft attacked Rabaul, New Britain, many of which were turned back due to poor weather. 33 A6M fighters rose to defend. The Japanese lost 2 A6M fighters, while the Americans lost 2 P-38 fighters. Harry Johnson of US Marine Corps squadron VMF-214, flying a F4U Corsair fighter, scored one of the two victories; this would be the squadron's final victory of the war. ww2dbase [Main Article | CPC]
11 Jan 1944

Australian New Guinea
  • B-25 bombers of US 42nd Bomb Group attacked Rabaul, New Britain, damaging 8 aircraft on the ground at Vunakanau Airfield. This was the first land-based bomber attack on Rabaul from the Solomon Islands. ww2dbase [Main Article | CPC]
14 Jan 1944

Australian New Guinea
  • 36 SBD, 16 TBF, and about 80 fighters from Munda Airfield in New Georgia attacked Rabaul, New Britain after a stop at Piva Airfield on Bougainville to refuel. 84 A6M intercepted them over New Ireland, but most American aircraft were able to make their way to Rabaul to commence their attacks. The Japanese lost 3 A6M fighters and the Americans lost 2 SBD, 1 TBF, 5 F4U, and 2 F6F aircraft. Japanese shipping in Simpson Harbor at Rabaul suffered 3 direct hits and 16 near misses. ww2dbase [Main Article | CPC]
  • About 17 prisoners of war were beheaded by men of 81st Naval Garrison Unit of the Japanese Navy at Rabaul, New Britain as reprisal for American air raids on the town. ww2dbase [Main Article | CPC]
17 Jan 1944

Australian New Guinea
  • US aircraft attacked Rabaul, New Britain. The Japanese shot down 8 P-38, 1 F6F, 1 F4U, 1 SBD, and 1 TBF aircraft. ww2dbase [Main Article | CPC]
20 Jan 1944

Australian New Guinea
  • US aircraft attacked Rabaul, New Britain. The Japanese shot down 2 B-25, 2 P-38, and 3 F4U aircraft. ww2dbase [Main Article | CPC]
23 Jan 1944

Australian New Guinea
  • US aircraft attacked Rabaul, New Britain. The Japanese lost at least 13 fighters. ww2dbase [Main Article | CPC]
25 Jan 1944

Australian New Guinea
  • Carriers Junyo, Hiyo, and Ryuho delivered 62 A6M, 18 D3A, and 18 B5N aircraft to Rabaul, New Britain. ww2dbase [Main Article | CPC]
10 Feb 1944

Australian New Guinea
  • 59 SBD dive bombers, 24 TBF torpedo bombers, and 99 fighters attacked Vunakanau Airfield at Rabaul, New Britain. This attack was followed by another attack on Vunakanau Airfield by 24 B-25 bombers escorted by 20 fighters. Finally, a third attack wave with 21 B-24 bombers escorted by 28 fighters which targeted both Vunakanau Airfield and Tobera Airfield. Vunakanau's runways were hit by two 2,000-pound bombs by B-24 bombers. ww2dbase [Main Article | CPC]
12 Feb 1944

Australian New Guinea
  • More than 200 US aircraft attacked Rabaul, New Britain. The Japanese launched about 50 fighters in defense. ww2dbase [Main Article | CPC]
13 Feb 1944

Australian New Guinea
  • More than 200 US aircraft attacked Rabaul, New Britain. The Japanese launched about 50 fighters in defense. ww2dbase [Main Article | CPC]
14 Feb 1944

Australian New Guinea
  • At 0030 hours, 25 TBF torpedo bombers of US Marine Corps squadron VMTB-233 launched from Bougainville to mine Simpson Harbor near Rabaul, New Britain; one aircraft turned back due to mechanical problems. The Japanese shot down six TBF aircraft during the mining mission. ww2dbase [Main Article | CPC]
15 Feb 1944

Australian New Guinea
  • A Japanese G4M bomber attempted to transfer six prisoners of war (including Gregory Boyington) from Rabaul in New Britain to Truk in the Caroline Islands, but the flight resulted in an emergency landing on another New Britain airfield as an Allied air raid was detected. ww2dbase [CPC]
16 Feb 1944

Australian New Guinea
  • A Japanese G4M bomber attempted to transfer six prisoners of war (including Gregory Boyington) from Rabaul in New Britain to Truk in the Caroline Islands, but the flight resulted in an emergency landing on another New Britain airfield as an Allied air raid was detected. ww2dbase [CPC]
17 Feb 1944

Australian New Guinea
  • Destroyer Yuzuki arrived at Rabaul, New Britain, Bismarck Islands with Convoy No. 1,123, which was to be the last convoy to successful reach Rabaul. ww2dbase [Main Article | CPC]
  • After dark and into the next date, ships of US Navy Destroyer Squadron 12 bombarded Rabaul, New Britain, expending 3,800 5-inch shells. ww2dbase [Main Article | CPC]
18 Feb 1944

Australian New Guinea
  • 11 G4M bombers withdrew from Rabaul, New Britain to the Mariana Islands, while a number of B5N torpedo bombers withdrew to Truk, Caroline Islands. ww2dbase [Main Article | CPC]
19 Feb 1944

Australian New Guinea
  • 48 SBD and 23 TBF aircraft attacked Lakunai Airfield at Rabaul, New Britain, followed by another attack on Lakunai Airfield and Tobera Airfield by 20 B-24 bombers and 35 fighters. 36 Japanese fighters rose to defend. The Japanese suffered 8 A6M fighters shot down and Lakunai airstrips temporarily taken out of action. The Americans suffered 1 F4U fighter shot down. ww2dbase [Main Article | CPC]
  • Starting this date and into the next date, 40 A6M, 21 D3A, 4 D4Y, 13 G4M, and 7 B5N aircraft were withdrawn from Rabaul, New Britain. As a part of the same transfer, 400 ground troops and support personnel departed Rabaul aboard Kokai Maru and Kowa Maru; the convoy was escorted by submarine chaser CHa-48, submarine chaser CH-38, and repair tug Nagaura. When the transfer was complete, Rabaul would only have 10 operational A6M fighters and 2 B5N operational bombers. ww2dbase [Main Article | CPC]
27 Feb 1944

Australian New Guinea
  • 70 SBD and TBF aircraft attacked Rabaul, New Britain. 1 Japanese G4M bomber was shot down. ww2dbase [Main Article | CPC]
29 Feb 1944

Australian New Guinea
  • Ships of US Navy Destroyer Squadron 22 gathered off Praed Point about 6.5 miles away from Rabaul, New Britain just before midnight at the end of this date. ww2dbase [Main Article | CPC]
  • The Kempeitai staff at Rabaul, New Britain discussed moving its headquarters from the center of town to a safer location due to US bombing. ww2dbase [Main Article | CPC]
1 Mar 1944

Australian New Guinea
  • Ships of US Navy Destroyer Squadron 22 bombarded Rabaul, New Britain from off Praed Point starting at about 0000 hours, expending 700 shells. ww2dbase [Main Article | CPC]
2 Mar 1944

Australian New Guinea
  • US aircraft carpet-bombed the center of Rabaul, New Britain. The Chinatown district received the most damage. ww2dbase [Main Article | CPC]
4 Mar 1944

Australian New Guinea
  • About 31 prisoners of war were led out of their cells in Rabaul, New Britain and they were never to be seen again. After the war, the Japanese claimed that they were led to the Talili Bay area where a direct hit by a US bomber killed them all on 5 Mar 1944. A later study of US records showed that no missions were conducted in that region during the campaign, however. No conclusion had ever been reached on the fates of these prisoners of war, although many historians would venture that they were executed by their guards. ww2dbase [CPC]
5 Mar 1944

Photo(s) dated 5 Mar 1944
B-25 Mitchell bombers of the 13th Air Force over the Japanese forward base at Simpson Harbor, Rabaul, New Britain, 5 Mar 1944
6 Mar 1944

Australian New Guinea
  • Major General Masatake Kimihira noted in his diary that "more than half of the city has been reduced to ashes", referring to Rabaul, New Britain. ww2dbase [Main Article | CPC]
9 Mar 1944

Australian New Guinea
  • USAAF medium and heavy bombers attacked Rabaul, New Britain. This was to be the first of many unescorted raids by multi-engine bombers as the Japanese fighter strength at Rabaul began to be worn down by continuous Allied aerial attacks. ww2dbase [Main Article | CPC]
10 Mar 1944

Australian New Guinea
  • US military leadership estimated that about 60% of Rabaul, New Britain had been destroyed. ww2dbase [Main Article | CPC]
21 May 1944

Australian New Guinea
  • 24 TBF, 20 SBD, a number of B-24, a number of P-39, and a number of New Zealand fighters and dive bombers attacked Vunakanau Airfield at Rabaul, New Britain. 1 TBF aircraft was shot down by anti-aircraft fire, and its crew was captured by the Japanese. ww2dbase [Main Article | CPC]
9 Jun 1944

Australian New Guinea
  • Charles Lindbergh, as an employee of the firm United Aircraft, flew a F4U fighter ostensibly as an observer, accompany other combat aircraft over Rabaul, New Britain. ww2dbase [Main Article | CPC]
9 Oct 1944

Australian New Guinea
  • Four TDR drones were launched against Matupi Bridge, Simpson Harbor, Rabaul, New Britain. Three were lost to antiaircraft fire and one was lost enroute to the target. ww2dbase [Main Article | DS]
15 Oct 1944

Australian New Guinea
  • Four TDR drones were launched against Matupi Bridge, Simpson Harbor, Rabaul, New Britain as part of coordinated attack by conventional bombers against Simpson Harbor. Poor picture reception and pilot error resulted in none of the TDRs hitting their targets. ww2dbase [Main Article | DS]
17 Oct 1944

Australian New Guinea
  • Four TDR drones were launched against Japanese installations near East Rabaul, New Britain. One of the four hit the objective, one hit a target of opportunity, a third was lost due to the failure of a tube in the receiver of the drone, and a fourth may have been shot down (light and inaccurate antiaircraft fire was noted). ww2dbase [Main Article | DS]
27 Oct 1944

Australian New Guinea
  • Unmanned TDR drones attacked Rabaul, New Britain with bombs, damaging some buildings. ww2dbase [Main Article | Event | CPC]
15 Jan 1945

Australian New Guinea
  • 36 US Navy F4U fighters and several New Zealand fighters took off from Green Islands east of Australian Papua and attacked the Toboi wharf area of Rabaul, New Britain and the nearby floatplane anchorage. 7 aircraft were lost to poor weather en route back to Green Islands. ww2dbase [Main Article | CPC]
4 Jul 1945

Photo(s) dated 4 Jul 1945
PBJ-1 Mitchell bombers of Marine Squadron VMB-433 depart Rabaul, New Britain, after a raid 4 July 1945.
19 Jul 1945

Australian New Guinea
  • Captain Enosuke Hirano, a doctor of Unit 731, examined prisoners of war Don Atkiss, Joe Holguin, Dick Lanigan, Jim McMurria, and Joe Nason at Rabaul, New Britain. During the examination he injected them with malaria-infected blood drawn from infected Japanese personnel so he could work on a possible vaccination. ww2dbase [CPC]
29 Jul 1945

Australian New Guinea
  • Prisoner of war Dick Lanigan, who was injected with malaria-infected blood by Unit 731 doctor Captain Enosuke Hirano, died from the disease at Rabaul, New Britain. ww2dbase [CPC]
30 Jul 1945

Australian New Guinea
  • Prisoner of war Don Atkiss, who was injected with malaria-infected blood by Unit 731 doctor Captain Enosuke Hirano, died from the disease at Rabaul, New Britain. ww2dbase [CPC]
16 Aug 1945

Australian New Guinea
  • Warrant Officer Torataro Matsumoto officially declared all Allied prisoners of war at Rabaul, New Britain free. ww2dbase [CPC]
5 Sep 1945

Australian New Guinea
  • Destroyer HMAS Vendetta entered Simpson Harbor, New Britain in preparation of the surrender ceremony. ww2dbase [Main Article | CPC]
6 Sep 1945

Australian New Guinea
  • Carrier HMS Glory and her task force arrived off Rabaul, New Britain in the morning. At 0900 hours, sloop HMS Hart picked up Hitoshi Imamura and Jinichi Kusaka at Kabanga Bay, who would sign the surrender documents aboard HMS Glory at 1127 hours which surrendered 139,000 remaining personnel at Rabaul plus all forces in Australian territory in the South Pacific. ww2dbase [Main Article | CPC]
Photo(s) dated 6 Sep 1945
Corsair fighter landing on HMS Glory, off Rabaul, New Britain, 6 Sep 1945
7 Sep 1945

Australian New Guinea
  • Allied prisoners of war at Rabaul, New Britain, technically freed on 16 Aug 1945 but still remained under Japanese care, were liberated by men under Royal Australian Navy Captain P. Brice Morris. ww2dbase [CPC]
10 Sep 1945

Australian New Guinea
  • The Allied re-occupation of Rabaul, New Britain officially began. ww2dbase [CPC]
31 Jan 1946

Photo(s) dated 31 Jan 1946
Katsuragi in Simpson Harbor, Rabaul, New Britain, 31 Jan 1946
11 Mar 1946

Australian New Guinea
13 Mar 1946

Australian New Guinea
10 Sep 1947

Australian New Guinea
  • Hatazo Adachi committed ritual suicide with a rusty paring knife at Rabaul, New Britain. ww2dbase [Main Article | CPC]

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




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