Air Strikes on Rabaul
2–11 November 1943
Attack on Japanese ships in Simpson Harbor, Rabaul, by aircraft of the USAAF 3rd Bomb Group, 2 November 1943. The heavy cruiser Haguro is partially visible at left, with what appears to be the submarine tender Chogei or Jingei beyond. The burning transport in the left center appears to be one of the Hakone Maru class (NH 95559).
Japanese ships under carrier plane attack in Simpson Harbor, Rabaul, 5 November 1943. Cruiser with big fire aft is Maya (left center). Several other cruisers are among the ships heading for sea, to the right. View looks north, with Rabaul town at top center and Lakunai airfield in top right. Photographed from a Saratoga (CV-3) aircraft (80-G-89098).
Aircraft from Saratoga (CV-3) and Princeton (CVL-23) hit shipping at Rabaul, including several cruisers, 5 November 1943. One cruiser, at right center, has been hit. This view is looking west, taken from a Saratoga aircraft. Japanese cruisers and destroyers are standing out of Simpson Harbor into Blanche Bay. Note the antiaircraft fire (80-G-89104).
Published: Fri May 10 11:38:00 EDT 2019