An F-64F Hellcat makes a hard landing on the USS Cowpens during operations in the Gilbert Islands in November 1943.
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01/02/1943
Twenty Japanese destroyers begin the evacuation of 13,000 troops from Guadalcanal.
 
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02/03/1943 The battle of the Bismarck Sea opens Northeast of New Guinea. A Japanese convoy is attacked by USAAF B25 bombers, which sink 12 ships.
 
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07/04/1943 The Japanese air force begins a 10-day, round-the-clock bombing offensive against US shipping in the Solomon's.
 
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15/06/1943 The German raider Michel sinks 2 ships off the west coast of Australia.
16/06/1943 93 out of 94 Japanese planes are destroyed during a massive attack on allied shipping round Guadalcanal.
 
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05/07/1943 A Naval battle erupts in Kula Gulf, North of New Georgia. The US Navy loses the cruiser Helena, but claims eight or nine Japanese ships have been sunk.
13/07/1943 The Japanese sink the US destroyer Gwin and severely damage three cruisers for loss of cruiser Jintsu in Kula Gulf.
20/07/1943 HMAS Hobart is put out of action by a torpedo attack from a Japanese submarine west of New Hebrides.
 
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01/08/1943 The Japanese destroyer Amagiri sinks USN PT-109 in the Solomon's, which is commanded by Lieutenant John F. Kennedy.
06/08/1943 Battle of Vella Gulf : 4 Japanese destroyers attempt to bring troops and supplies to Kolombangara, Solomon Is. and are attacked by 6 U.S. destroyers. 3 Japanese destroyers are sunk and 1 damaged. U.S. destroyers suffer no damage.
31/08/1943 A U.S. carrier task force bombs Marcus Island, Micronesia.
 
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05/10/1943 The first of two heavy raids by a US Navy Task Force against Wake Island, with 61 Japanese aircraft being reported as destroyed.
12/10/1943 350 allied bombers hit the Japanese base at Rabaul in New Britain sinking three destroyers.
 
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01/11/1943 A confused naval battle begins around Bougainville Island in the Solomon's.
05/11/1943 US Navy carrier planes cripple a Japanese squadron at Rabaul, forcing six cruisers to withdraw North to Truk for repairs.
25/11/1943 A Destroyer action off Cape St. George results in the Japanese being routed to the north west of Bougainville and losing three destroyers out of five in the process.
 
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