After 6-inch/47-caliber gun turrets of USS Columbia (CL-56) firing during the night bombardment of Japanese facilities in the Shortland Islands that covered the 1 November 1943 landings on Bougainville. This photograph has been rather crudely retouched to eliminate radar antennas on gun directors and masthead (80-G-44058).
Saratoga (CV-3) aircraft attack Japanese airfields on either side of the Buka passage, 1–2 November 1943. Buka Island is on the right, with bombs bursting on its airfield. Bonis is at left. View looks to the southwest (80-G-89080).
Anti-aircraft gun crew on alert on board an LST bound for Bougainville, circa 1-9 November 1943. Note Mk. 14 gun sight on the 20-mm guns and "talker" in the foreground. Next ship in convoy is LST-70 (80-G-56390).
Seabees taking drums of aviation gasoline and diesel fuel ashore at Cape Torokina, Bougainville, during an early resupply operation, 6 November 1943. Drums are rolled down the ramp of an LST to the waiting men (80-G-202494).
LST-398 unloading supplies, equipment and mail on a Bougainville beach, 10 November 1943. Original Marine Corps caption states: "Japanese artillery hit the ship on the same day the photo was taken, killing an officer and five crew members." Note LVT coming ashore in center (USMC-67383).
Admiral William F. Halsey, Jr., commander, South Pacific Force (seated in center, hatless) at a planning session behind the front line on Bougainville with Marine Corps Major Generals Allan H. Turnage and Roy S. Geiger, November 1943 (80-G-161595).
A Japanese plane plunges into the sea ahead of USS Columbia (CL-56), as she steams in column with other cruisers during the attack on Bougainville, 1–2 November 1943. Note 6-inch/47-caliber gun turrets, with 6-inch shell casings on deck below them (80-G-44059).
LCVP landing craft circle while awaiting landing orders during the invasion of Cape Torokina, Bougainville, 1 November 1943. The invasion beaches are being shelled in the background and there are aircraft over the beaches. The smoking volcano in the far center distance is Mount Bagana (USMC-67319).
Marines kneel in prayer for their fallen buddies at Christmas Eve memorial services in a Bougainville cemetery, 24 December 1943. In the background, other Marines search the grave markers for the names of lost friends (80-G-211304).