Morotai, 15 September 1944
Adm. Mitscher’s TF-38 bombings of Clark and Nichols airfields on Luzon, P.I., mowed down enemy bases. More than 200 planes were destroyed and the shipping in Manila Bay was ravaged. No Japanese aircraft reached the fleet, but 15 US aircraft were lost during the operation.
15 September – US troops landed at Morotai in the Netherlands East Indies. They were met by only light resistance despite its location at the entrance of the Celebes Sea off the southern coast of the Philippine Islands.
16 September – the Japanese escort carrier Unyo [“A Hawk in the Clouds”] was sunk in the South China Sea by the US submarine Barb. Although no US surface ships were in the area, the submarine service were causing havoc with the Japanese supply convoys between the N.E. I. and the southeastern Asian enemy forces.
On Peleliu. most of the…
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