May 1944 (1)


Pacific Paratrooper

Japanese gun on Ponape Island Japanese gun on Ponape Island

1 May – Ponape (Pohnpei) Island was bombarded by the battleships of the 5th Fleet and supported by carrier aircraft.  Numerous buildings, the seaplane base and the wharf were destroyed.  The Air Force TF-13 hit Woleai and Eauriprik Atolls, all in the Caroline Island group.

On New Guinea, 180 B-25s, A-20s and fighters of the 5th Air Force hit the Wewak and Hansa Bay areas.  Airfields, villages, antiaircraft gun positions, barges and offshore islands were bombed.

Location of Jaluit Island Location of Jaluit Island

4-15 May – a US naval and air base were established on Majuro Atoll in the Marshalls.  Six days later, the naval base on Eniwetok island operational.  On the 12th, naval air bases were up and running at Ebeye and Roi-Namur, in the Kwajalein Atoll.  During 13-14 May, land-based bombers heavily attacked Jaluit in the Marshalls.

Today - an IMEJ-battleship rusts slowly in the Jaluit Lagoon. Today – an IMEJ-battleship rusts slowly in the Jaluit…

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