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1 Feb 1942

Marshall Islands
  • Jack Kleiss saw combat for the first time, destroying a parked aircraft at Roi Airfield on Kwajalein, Marshall Islands during the first strike. During the second strike, his SBD Dauntless aircraft was hit by Japanese machine gun fire, wounding his gunner Radioman 3rd Class John Snowden in the buttocks. ww2dbase [Jack Kleiss | Kwajalein | CPC]
19 Jul 1943

Marshall Islands
  • Naka arrived at Kwajalein Atoll, Marshall Islands. ww2dbase [Naka | Kwajalein | CPC]
8 Sep 1943

Marshall Islands
  • Naka arrived at Kwajalein Atoll, Marshall Islands. ww2dbase [Naka | Kwajalein | CPC]
15 Sep 1943

Marshall Islands
  • Naka arrived at Kwajalein Atoll, Marshall Islands. ww2dbase [Naka | Kwajalein | CPC]
19 Sep 1943

Marshall Islands
  • Naka departed Kwajalein Atoll, Marshall Islands. ww2dbase [Naka | Kwajalein | CPC]
24 Sep 1943

Marshall Islands
  • Naka arrived at Kwajalein Atoll, Marshall Islands. ww2dbase [Naka | Kwajalein | CPC]
25 Sep 1943

Marshall Islands
  • Naka departed Kwajalein Atoll, Marshall Islands. ww2dbase [Naka | Kwajalein | CPC]
25 Nov 1943

Marshall Islands
  • Naka arrived at Kwajalein Atoll, Marshall Islands. ww2dbase [Naka | Kwajalein | CPC]
30 Nov 1943

Marshall Islands
  • Naka departed Kwajalein, Marshall Islands. ww2dbase [Naka | Kwajalein | CPC]
2 Dec 1943

Marshall Islands
  • Naka departed Kwajalein, Marshall Islands. ww2dbase [Naka | Kwajalein | CPC]
4 Dec 1943

Photo(s) dated 4 Dec 1943
Japanese light cruiser Isuzu hit by an aerial Mark XIII torpedo dropped from a TBF-1 Avenger flown by Lt(jg) E.F. Ternasky flying from USS Lexington (Essex-class), Kwajalein, Marshall Islands, 4 Dec 1943
20 Jan 1944

Marshall Islands
  • Japanese cargo ships Akibasan Maru was sunk at Kwajalein Atoll, Marshall Islands. ww2dbase [Kwajalein | CPC]
29 Jan 1944

Marshall Islands
  • USS Alabama bombarded Japanese positions on Roi, Kwajalein Atoll, Marshall Islands. ww2dbase [Alabama | Kwajalein | CPC]
30 Jan 1944

Marshall Islands
  • USS Alabama bombarded Japanese positions on Namur, Kwajalein Atoll, Marshall Islands. ww2dbase [Alabama | Kwajalein | CPC]
Photo(s) dated 30 Jan 1944
Strike photo of Kwajalein, Marshall Islands taken by aircraft from USS Enterprise, 30 Jan 1944. Note the Kwajalein radio complex in the clearing in the foreground that was a key Japanese listening post in the Pacific.Strike photo of Kwajalein, Marshall Islands taken by aircraft from USS Enterprise, 30 Jan 1944. Note the rising mushroom cloud from the exploding Japanese ammunition dump.
31 Jan 1944

Marshall Islands
1 Feb 1944

Marshall Islands Photo(s) dated 1 Feb 1944
USS Coral Sea a short distance off Kwajalein Atoll, Marshall Islands, 1 Feb 1944; photo taken from USS Manila Bay
7 Feb 1944

Photo(s) dated 7 Feb 1944
TBF-1C aircraft having just been jettisoned from USS Coral Sea near Kwajalein, Marshall Islands, 7 Feb 1944
8 Feb 1944

Photo(s) dated 8 Feb 1944
USS Langley at anchor in Kwajalein Lagoon, 8 Feb 1944
27 Feb 1945

Marshall Islands
  • Lieutenant General Millard F. Harmon, Commanding General, USAAF Air Forces, Pacific Area, arrived at Kwajalein, Marshall Islands, refueled, and took off for Oahu, US Territory of Hawaii. The C-87 transport aircraft would never be seen again. An extensive coordinated search by all services ensued for the next 20 days but failed to locate any trace of the missing plane or its passengers. Brigadier General James Roy Andersen was also lost in this accident the aircraft. ww2dbase [Kwajalein | HM]
26 Dec 1945

Marshall Islands
  • I-14 arrived at Kwajalein, Marshall Islands. ww2dbase [I-14 | Kwajalein | CPC]
27 Dec 1945

Marshall Islands
  • I-14 departed Kwajalein, Marshall Islands. ww2dbase [I-14 | Kwajalein | CPC]
29 Aug 1946

Marshall Islands
  • Prinz Eugen was decommissioned from service by the US Navy at Kwajalein, Marshall Islands. ww2dbase [Prinz Eugen | Kwajalein | CPC]
21 Dec 1946

Marshall Islands
  • Prinz Eugen began to list severely at Kwajalein, Marshall Islands. ww2dbase [Prinz Eugen | Kwajalein | CPC]
22 Dec 1946

Marshall Islands

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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