Bonin and Volcano Islands
31 August → 2 September – US carrier aircraft started an intense 3-day bombing on the Bonin and Volcano Islands. The Japanese suffered heavy losses of matérial. A US Navy communiqué lists the enemy damages as : about 50 ground and airborne planes destroyed; around 15 ships sunk and damage to installations, hangers, ammo and fuel dumps.
1 September – the American submarine, Narwhal landed men on the eastern coast of Luzon in efforts to become logistics-ready for the Philippine invasion.
2 September – Wake Island, the most isolated post for the Japanese Empire, received bombardments from the Task Force of one aircraft carrier, 3 cruisers and 3 destroyers. The island would not be invaded; it would remain in Japanese hands until the end of the war. The main Allied advance was planned for the Philippine and Ryuku Island groups.
In China, the enemy-held airfield…
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