TWO TRUK RAIDS HIGHLIGHT CEASELESS PACIFIC AIR BLOWS

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TWO TRUK RAIDS HIGHLIGHT CEASELESS PACIFIC AIR BLOWS

From the May 13, 1944 Edition of Stars and Stripes

Truk has taken a double pounding in a new widespread air offensive against Japanese naval and air bases in the Pacific islands launched after the San Francisco conference last weekend of Adm. Ernest J. King, commander-in-chief of the fleet, and Adms. Chester W. Nimitz and William F. Halsey.

Liberators from the Central Pacific attacked Truck airfields at night and other B24s from the southwest followed up in daylight, leaving great spreading fires as they hammered defense works and other installations.

Another assault on Wake Island and strafing and bombing of the few Japanese-held islands in the Marshalls were reported, while Gen. MacArthur’s communique also told of bombing and strafing attacks by all types of planes Wednesday at Wewak and Hansa Bay, New Guinea, where trapped Japanese garrisons are concentrated.

New Britain, New Ireland and the Buka Passage area in the Bougainville sector of the Solomons also received heavy pounding by Fifth AF bombers.



B24 liberators truk

B24 Liberators of the 30th Bomb Group over Truk.



For Further Reading Check Out:

Wings of Gold: The U.S. Naval Air Campaign in World War II




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