Naval History and Heritage Command

National Museum of the U.S. Navy

Pacific Air Attacks and Land Campaigns

This section lists air attacks and amphibious land campaigns in chronological order between the Allies and Japan in the Pacific during World War II.

Image:  80-G-304854:  Battle for Iwo Jima, February-March 1945.  Fifth Marine Division disply captured Japanese battle flags.  Official U.S. Navy Photograph, now in the collections of the National Archives. 

Pre-WWII:

1937 December 12:                          Attack on USS Panay (PR-5)

1941

1941 December 7:                            Japanese Attack on Pearl Harbor, Territory of Hawaii

1941 December 8:                            Japanese Attack on Midway Island

1941 December 8:                            Malayan Campaign

1941 December 8:                            Battle of the Philippines

                                                                    Battle for Bataan (January-April 1942)

1941 December 11:                          Battle of Wake Island  

1942

1942 February 19:                             Japanese Raid at Darwin, Australia

1942 April 18:                                    Doolittle Raid on Japan

1942 June 3:                                       Aleutian Islands Campaign

1942 July 21:                                      Papau-New Guinea Campaign

1942 August 7:                                  Guadalcanal Campaign

1943

1943 February 21:                             Russell Islands Operation

1943 April 1:                                       Japanese "I" Operation

1943 May 11:                                     Battle of Attu

1943 June 20:                                     New Georgia Campaign

1943 July 2:                                         Rendova Island Invasion

1943 August 15:                                 Allied Invasion of Kiska Island

1943 November 1:                             Bougainville Campaign

1943 November 10:                           Battle of Tarawa

1943 December 15:                           New Britian Campaign

1944

1944 January 31:                               Battle of Kwajalein

1944 February 17:                             Battle of Eniwetok

1944 June 15:                                     Battle of Saipan

1944 July 21:                                       Battle of Guam

1944 July 24:                                       Battle of Tinian

1944 September 15:                          Battle of Peleiu

1944 September 17:                          Battle of Angaur

1945

1945 January 9:                                   Battle of Luzon

1945 February 19:                              Battle for Iwo Jima

1945 April 1:                                        Battle of Okinawa