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6 Dec 1941

Caroline Islands
  • Nachi departed Palau Islands. ww2dbase [Nachi | Palau | CPC]
15 Dec 1941

Caroline Islands
  • Nachi arrived in the Palau Islands. ww2dbase [Nachi | Palau | CPC]
17 Dec 1941

Caroline Islands
  • Nachi departed Palau Islands. ww2dbase [Nachi | Palau | CPC]
29 Dec 1941

Caroline Islands
  • Nachi departed Palau Islands. ww2dbase [Nachi | Palau | CPC]
17 Jan 1942

Caroline Islands
  • Hiryu, Soryu, Ariake, and Yugure arrived at Palau, Caroline Islands at 1140 hours. ww2dbase [Soryu | Hiryu | Yugure | Palau | CPC]
21 Jan 1942

Caroline Islands
  • Hiryu, Soryu, Ariake, Yugure, Ushio, and Sazanami departed Palau, Caroline Islands at 1600 hours for air strikes on Maluku Islands, Dutch East Indies. ww2dbase [Soryu | Hiryu | Yugure | Palau | CPC]
31 Jan 1942

Caroline Islands
  • Yugure arrived at Palau, Caroline Islands at 0730 hours. ww2dbase [Yugure | Palau | CPC]
8 Feb 1942

Caroline Islands
  • Akagi arrived at the Palau Islands, having abandoned the pursuit of the American fleet. ww2dbase [Akagi | Palau | CPC]
  • Kaga arrived at Palau Islands, Caroline Islands. ww2dbase [Kaga | Palau | CPC]
9 Feb 1942

Caroline Islands
  • Kaga accidentally hit a reef in the Palau Islands, Caroline Islands, damaging her bilges. ww2dbase [Kaga | Palau | CPC]
15 Feb 1942

Caroline Islands
  • Akagi departed Palau with Kaga, Carrier Division 2, and Cruiser Division 8, screened by Destroyer Squadron 1 for the attacks on Davao and Port Darwin, Australia. ww2dbase [Akagi | Palau | CPC]
  • Kaga departed Palau Islands, Caroline Islands. ww2dbase [Kaga | Palau | CPC]
  • Yugure departed Palau, Caroline Islands at 1400 hours. ww2dbase [Yugure | Palau | CPC]
21 Feb 1943

Caroline Islands
  • Juzan Maru, Shinkyo Maru, and Aratama Maru arrived at Palau, Caroline Islands with Yugure in escort. ww2dbase [Yugure | Palau | CPC]
22 Feb 1943

Caroline Islands
  • Juzan Maru, Shinkyo Maru, and Aratama Maru departed Palau, Caroline Islands at 1300 hours with Yugure, Satsuki, and Fumizuki in escort. ww2dbase [Yugure | Palau | CPC]
23 May 1943

Caroline Islands
28 May 1943

Caroline Islands
30 Mar 1944

Caroline Islands
  • USS Yorktown (Essex-class) launched air strikes on enemy installations located in the Palau Islands, Caroline Islands. ww2dbase [Yorktown (Essex-class) | Palau | DS]
31 Mar 1944

Caroline Islands
  • USS Yorktown (Essex-class) launched air strikes on enemy installations located in the Palau Islands, Caroline Islands. ww2dbase [Yorktown (Essex-class) | Palau | DS]
25 Jul 1944

Caroline Islands
  • USS Wasp's aircraft attacked Japanese positions in the Palau Islands. ww2dbase [Wasp (Essex-class) | Palau | CPC]
27 Jul 1944

Caroline Islands
6 Sep 1944

Caroline Islands
  • USS Wasp's aircraft attacked Japanese positions in the Palau Islands. ww2dbase [Wasp (Essex-class) | Palau | CPC]
Photo(s) dated 6 Sep 1944
Rufus W. Oakley holding a Protestant Christian religious service for US Marines on Peleliu, Palau Islands, Sep 1944
7 Sep 1944

Caroline Islands
  • USS Wasp's aircraft attacked Japanese positions in the Palau Islands. ww2dbase [Wasp (Essex-class) | Palau | CPC]
8 Sep 1944

Caroline Islands
  • USS Wasp's aircraft attacked Japanese positions in the Palau Islands. ww2dbase [Wasp (Essex-class) | Palau | CPC]
10 Sep 1944

Photo(s) dated 10 Sep 1944
Oliver P. Smith walking through his Assistant Division Commander quarters on Peleliu, Palau Islands, 1944
12 Sep 1944

Caroline Islands
  • USS Marcus Island launched aircraft against Japanese positions on Peleliu and Angaur in the Palau Islands. ww2dbase [Marcus Island | Palau | CPC]
15 Sep 1944

Caroline Islands
  • The US Marines invaded Peleliu in the Palau islands believing that the island was only lightly defended. In fact, there were some 12,000 Japanese concealed on the island waiting to reveal their hand. In a week the Marines would suffer terrible casualties. The 1st Marines ended up at half their combat strength and, in the 5th and 7th Marines more than four out of every ten men sent ashore were either killed or wounded. For the record Peleliu measured just six miles long and two miles wide and was of questionable strategic value. ww2dbase [Palau Islands and Ulithi Islands Campaigns | Peleliu, Palau | AC]
  • USS Marcus Island launched aircraft to provide cover for the Peleliu, Palau Islands invasion. ww2dbase [Marcus Island | Peleliu, Palau | CPC]
  • USS Preston supported the invasion of Palau Islands. ww2dbase [Preston (Fletcher-class) | Palau | CPC]
Photo(s) dated 15 Sep 1944
Two American Marines, Douglas Lightheart and Gerald Thursby, resting during Battle of Peleliu in the Palau Islands, 15 Sep 1944Flamethrower in action, Peleliu, Palau Islands, Sep 1944United States Marines attacking Orange Beach on Peleliu, 15 Sep 1944Men of the US 1st Marine Division fighting just beyond White Beach, Peleliu, 15 Sep 1944, photo 1 of 2
See all photos dated 15 Sep 1944
16 Sep 1944

Photo(s) dated 16 Sep 1944
USMC war dog handler reading a message that his dog had just delivered, Peleliu, Palau Islands, Sep 1944US Marines receiving mail, Peleliu, Palau Islands, Sep 1944USMC 75-mm pack howitzer and crew, Peleliu, Palau Islands, Sep 1944USMC 75-mm pack howitzer and crew, Peleliu, Palau Islands, Sep 1944
See all photos dated 16 Sep 1944
18 Sep 1944

Photo(s) dated 18 Sep 1944
US Marines in a chow line, Peleliu, Palau Islands, Sep 1944
20 Sep 1944

Photo(s) dated 20 Sep 1944
US Marines fighting on Peleliu, Palau Islands, 1944US Marines fighting on Peleliu, Palau Islands, 1944US Marine M1919 Browning machine gun crew, Peleliu, Palau Islands, 1944
25 Sep 1944

Photo(s) dated 25 Sep 1944
US Marines wading through water, Peleliu, Palau, Sep 1944
27 Sep 1944

Photo(s) dated 27 Sep 1944
The first formal raising the American flag over Peleliu, Palau Islands, 27 Sep 1944; note Japanese observation tower
30 Sep 1944

Photo(s) dated 30 Sep 1944
US Marines on Peleliu, Palau Islands, Sep 1944
2 Oct 1944

Caroline Islands
22 Nov 1944

Caroline Islands
  • USS Portland was detached from the Carrier Task Force and assigned to the Mindoro invasion force then gathering at Kossol Roads, Palau Islands. ww2dbase [Portland | Kossol Roads, Palau | DS]
26 Nov 1944

Caroline Islands
27 Nov 1944

Caroline Islands Photo(s) dated 27 Nov 1944
TBM-1C Avengers, F6F Hellcats, and SB2C Helldivers of Navy Carrier Air Group 18 from USS Intrepid at Peleliu, Nov 27, 1944.
8 Dec 1944

Photo(s) dated 8 Dec 1944
B-24J Liberators of the 494th Bomb Group receive maintenance on Angaur, Palau Islands, Dec 8 1944
9 Dec 1944

Photo(s) dated 9 Dec 1944
The airstrip at Angaur, Palau Islands Dec 9 1944 with B-24Js of the 22nd Bomb Group on the near side and B-24s of the 494th Bomb Group on the far side; plus one C-47A Skytrain supply aircraft.
10 Dec 1944

Caroline Islands
  • USS Marcus Island departed Kossol Roads, Palau Islands. ww2dbase [Marcus Island | Palau | CPC]

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




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