Pacific 1944

FDR visit to ordinance plant, Twin Cities MN, 1944, from FDRL
Ernest King, from ILN 1944

new Pacific strategy emerged by 1944:

Marsahlls & Truk - "What Next?" from Time 1/44
Japanese plane shot down in Marshalls,
from ILN 1944/01/08
"Four Shots at Japan" after Saipan, from Time 6/44

January 1944 - TF58 left Hawaii

Jan 29 -began attack on Marshalls

Jan. 31 - landings on Kwajalein, Roi, Namur in the Marshalls

Feb. 17 - Eniwetok landings

Feb. 17-18 - TF58 air attack on Truk

June 11 - TF58 began air attacks on Marianas (5 days after D-Day in Europe)

June 15 - Saipan

June 18 - Battle of the Philippine Sea began

Guam 50th anniversary
TBF's aboard USS Monterey (CVL-26) leaving flight deck for a bombing mission over Tinian 1944/06 (NWDNS-80-G-432851) from NA
"Horizon China" from Time 9/44
"Navy Day" from Time 11/44

July 21 - Guam

July 24 - Tinian

July 26 - Hawaii meeting with FDR, Nimitz, MacArthur

July 30 - Vogelkop peninsula on New Guinea

Sept. 12-16 - 2nd Quebec conference

Sept. 15 - Morotai island

Sept. 15 - Peleliu in the Palaus

Sept. 15 - JCS approved MacArthur's plan for landings at Leyte Oct. 20

Sept. 20 - Ulithi atoll was occupied without opposition in the western Carolines, 370 miles southwest of Guam, and became a major naval base for carrier task forces.

Oct. 3 - JCS approve Spruance/Nimitz plan to occupy Iwo Jima and Okinawa in Feb. and Apr. 1945 to provide air bases and staging bases for invasion of Japan

Oct. 10-19 - air raids by 3rd Fleet on Formosa, Okinawa, Luzon

Oct. 20 - Landings on Leyte

Oct. 23-25 - Battle of Leyte Gulf

Oct. 25 - USS St. Lo was first ship sunk by kamikazi

Oct. 24 - USS Tang lost - was one of the most successful Submarines in the Pacific War

Next - Defeat of Japan 1945



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