September 1943 (1)


Pacific Paratrooper

Minami-Torishima, Marcus Island Minami-Torishima, Marcus Island

1 September – the Japanese positions on Marcus Island in the mid-Pacific received an early morning attack from US Navy dive-bombers.  The records report that 85% of the enemy’s military installations were destroyed, 2 airstrip severly damaged and 7 aircraft destroyed on the ground.  The US lost 2 fighters and one torpedo-bomber.

This is actually Nov. 24, 1950, but gives you an idea of Mac's bird's-eye view. This is actually Nov. 24, 1950, but gives you an idea of Mac’s bird’s-eye view.

4-5 September – a part of the 9th Australian Division (veterans of the El Alannein W.Desert Campaign, ETO), and the 41st US Army Division landed just miles from Lae, in the Huon Peninsula, New Guinea.  The next day, MacArthur watched from his B-17 “Bataan” as the 503rd Parachute Regiment (Not yet a part of the 11th A/B Div.), dropped over Nadzab to take the airstrip.

The envelopment of the Huon Peninsula. The envelopment of the Huon Peninsula.

12-16 September – The Australian 3rd Division and 17th…

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