The Timeline of Events in the Pacific Theater
Japanese conquest of Southeast Asia and Pacific
bomb Pearl Harbor
1941-12-07 Japanese attack the Philippines, Wake Island and Guam
1941-12-07 Japanese attack Malaya, Thailand, Shanghai and Midway
1941-12-08 Japanese land near Singapore
and enter Thailand
1941-12-10 Japanese invade the Phillipines
1941-12-10 Japanese seize Guam
1941-12-16 Japanese invade Britsh Borneo
1941-12-22 Japanese invade Luzon in the Phillipines
1941-12-23 Japanese take Wake Island
1941-12-25 Britsh surrender at Hong Kong
invade Dutch East Indies and Dutch Borneo.
and U.S. Naval base at Cavite captured by the Japanese.
1942-01-07 Japanese attack Bataan in the Phillipines
1942-01-16 Japanese begin an advance into
1942-01-19 Japanese take North Borneo
take Rabaul on New Britain in the Solomon Islands
1942-01-23 Japanese also invade Bougainville, the largest island.
1942-02-14 Japanese invade Sumatra in the
Dutch East Indies
1942-02-15 British surrender at Singapore
1942-02-19 Japanese invade Bali
naval victory in the Battle of the Java Sea as the largest U.S. warship in the Far East, the HOUSTON, is sunk
1942-03-07 British evacuate Rangoon in Burma
1942-03-07 Japanese invade Salamaua and Lae on New Guinea.
1942-03-08 The Dutch on Java surrender to
1942-03-23 Japanese invade the Andaman Islands in the Bay of Bengal.
forces on Bataan surrender unconditionally to the Japanese.
'Doolittle' B-25 air raid from the HORNET against Tokyo boosts Allied morale.
1942-04-29 Japanese take Central Burma
1942-05-01 Japanese occupy Mandalay in Burma
1942-05-03 Japanese take Tulagi in the Solomon
prepare to invade Midway and the Aleutian Islands
1942-05-06. Japanese take Corregidor as General Wainwright unconditionally surrenders all
U.S. and Filipino forces in the Philippines.
1942-05-07 Japan suffers its first defeat of the war during the Battle of the Coral
Sea off New Guinea - the first time in history that two opposing carrier forces fought only using aircraft without the opposing
ships ever sighting each other.
1942-05-12 The last U.S. troops holding out in the Philippines surrender on Mindanao.
1942-05-20 Japanese complete the capture of Burma and reach India.
Of The Japanese Conquests
point in the war occurs with a decisive victory for the U.S. against Japan in the Battle of Midway as squadrons of U.S. torpedo
planes and dive bombers from ENTERPRISE, HORNET, and YORKTOWN attack and destroy four Japanese carriers, a cruiser, and damage
another cruiser and two destroyers. U.S. loses YORKTOWN.
1942-09-27 British offensive in Burma.
1943-03-03 U.S. victory over Japanese in the Battle of Bismarck Sea.
1944-01-09 British and Indian troops recapture Maungdaw in Burma.
1944-02-20 U.S. Carrier-based and land-based planes destroy the Japanese base at
1944-04-17 Japanese begin their last offensive in China, attacking air bases in eastern
1944-06-05 The first mission by B-29 Superfortress bombers occurs as 77 planes bomb
Japanese railway facilities at Bangkok, Thailand.
1944-08-03 U.S. and Chinese troops take Myitkyina after a two month siege.
1944-09-15 U.S. Troops invade Morotai and the Paulaus.
1944-10-20 U.S. Sixth Army invades Leyte in the Philippines.
1944-10-23 Battle of Leyte Gulf results in a decisive U.S. Naval victory.
1944-12-15 U.S. Troops invade Mindoro in the Philippines.
1945-01-04 British occupy Akyab in Burma.
1945-01-09 U.S. Sixth Army invades Lingayen Gulf on Luzon in the Philippines.
1945-01-11 Air raid against Japanese bases in Indochina by U.S. Carrier-based planes.
1945-02-03 U.S. Sixth Army attacks Japanese in Manila.
1945-02-16 U.S. Troops recapture Bataan in the Philippines.
1945-03-02 U.S. airborne troops recapture Corregidor in the Philippines.
1945-03-03 U.S. And Filipino troops take Manila
1945-03-10 U.S. Eighth Army invades Zamboanga Peninsula on Mindanao in the Philippines.
1945-03-20 British troops liberate Mandalay, Burma.
1945-05-20 Japanese begin withdrawal from
1945-06-18 Japanese resistance ends on Mindanao
in the Philippines.
1945-06-28 General MacArthur announces the end of all Japanese resistance in the
1945-07-05 Liberation of Philippines declared.
1945-08-30 The British reoccupy Hong Kong.
New Guinea campaign
land troops near Gona on New Guinea.
take Buna in New Guinea.
1943-01-22 Allies defeat Japanese at Sanananda on New Guinea.
recapture Lae-Salamaua, New Guinea.
invade Aitape and Hollandia in New Guinea.
1944-05-27 Allies invade Biak Island, New Guinea.
Aleutian Islands campaign
invade the Aleutian Islands.
Troops invade Adak Island in the Aleutian Islands.
Troops invade Attu in the Aleutian Islands.
1943-05-31 Japanese end their occupation of the
Aleutian Islands as the U.S. completes the capture of Attu.
1942-08-07 The first U.S. amphibious landing of the Pacific War occurs as 1st Marine
Division invades Tulagi and Guadalcanal in the Solomon Islands.
1942-08-08 U.S. Marines
take the unfinished airfield on Guadalcanal and name it Henderson Field after Maj. Lofton Henderson, a hero of Midway.
1942-08-09 A major
U.S. naval disaster off Savo Island, north of Guadalcanal, as eight Japanese
warships wage a night attack and sink three U.S. heavy cruisers, an Australian cruiser, and one U.S. destroyer, all in less
than an hour. Another U.S. cruiser and two destroyers are damaged. Over 1,500 Allied crewmen are lost.
Marines repulse first major Japanese ground attack on Guadalcanal.
of Bloody Ridge on Guadalcanal
cruisers and destroyers defeat a Japanese task force in the Battle of Cape Esperance off Guadalcanal.
1942-10-13 The first U.S. Army troops, the 164th Infantry Regiment, land on Guadalcanal.
bombard Henderson Field at night from warships then send troops ashore onto Guadalcanal in the morning as U.S. planes attack.
1942-10-15 Japanese bombard Henderson Field at night again from warships.
1942-10-25 Battle of Santa Cruz off Guadalcanal between U.S. And Japanese warships
results in the loss of the Carrier HORNET.
1942-11-13 U.S. and Japanese warships clash again off
Guadalcanal resulting in the sinking of the U.S. Cruiser JUNEAU and the deaths of the five Sullivan brothers.
1942-12-31 Emperor Hirohito of Japan gives permission to his troops to withdraw from Guadalcanal after five months of bloody fighting
against U.S. Forces
1943-02-01 Japanese begin evacuation of Guadalcanal.
1943-02-09 Japanese resistance on Guadalcanal
Solomon Islands campaign
and Japanese carriers meet in the Battle of the Eastern Solomons resulting in a Japanese defeat.
1942-09-15 A Japanese submarine torpedo attack near the Solomon Islands results in
the sinking of the Carrier WASP, Destroyer O'BRIEN and damage to the Battleship NORTH CAROLINA.
advance to New Georgia, Solomon Islands.
of Vella Gulf in the Solomon Islands.
complete the occupation of New Georgia.
1943-11-01 U.S. Marines invade Bougainville in
the Solomon Islands.
Troops land on the Arawe Peninsula of New Britain in the Solomon Islands.
1943-12-26 Full Allied assault on New Britain
as 1st Division Marines invade Cape Gloucester.
Gilbert Islands campaign
Troops invade Makin and Tarawa in the Gilbert Islands.
1943-11-23 Japanese end resistance on Makin and
Marshall Islands campaign
1944-01-31 U.S. Troops
invade Kwajalein in the Marshall Islands
1944-02-07 U.S. Troops capture Kwajalein and Majura Atolls in the Marshall Islands.
Mariana Islands campaign
U.S. Marines invade Saipan in the Mariana Islands
Marines invade Guam in the Marianas.
U.S. Marines invade Tinian
1944-07-25 American troops complete the capture of the Mariana Islands.
Iwo Jima campaign
1944-11-11 Iwo Jima bombarded by the U.S. Navy.
1945-02-19 U.S. Marines invade Iwo Jima.
1945-03-16 U.S. Marines capture Iwo
Ryukyu Islands campaign
1944-10-11 U.S. Air raids against Okinawa.
final amphibious landing of the war occurs as the U.S. Tenth Army invades Okinawa.
1945-06-22 Japanese resistance ends on Okinawa as the U.S. Tenth Army completes
1945-03-09 Fifteen square miles of Tokyo erupts in flames after it is fire bombed by 279 B-29s.
1945-03-27 B-29s lay mines in Japan's Shimonoseki Strait to interrupt shipping.
fly their first fighter-escorted mission against Japan with P-51 Mustangs based on Iwo Jima; U.S. Carrier-based fighters sink
the super battleship YAMATO and several escort vessels which planned to attack U.S. Forces at Okinawa.
Joint Chiefs of Staff approve Operation Olympic, the invasion of Japan, scheduled for November 1.
Premier Suzuki announces Japan will fight to the very end rather than accept unconditional surrender.
1945-06-15 The first bombing raid on Japan since the Doolittle raid of April 1942, as 47
B-29s based in Bengel, India, target the steel works at Yawata.
bomber raids against Japan begin
Japanese submarine sinks the Cruiser INDIANAPOLIS resulting in the loss of 881 crewmen. The ship sinks before a radio message
can be sent out leaving survivors adrift for two days.
Atomic Bomb dropped on Hiroshima from a B-29 flown by Col. Paul Tibbets.
1945-08-08 U.S.S.R. declares war on Japan then invades Manchuria.
1945-08-09 Second Atomic Bomb is dropped on Nagasaki from a B-29 flown by Maj. Charles
Sweeney -- Emperor Hirohito and Japanese Prime Minister Suzuki then decide to seek an immediate peace with the Allies.
1945-08-14 Japanese accept unconditional surrender; General MacArthur is appointed
to head the occupation forces in Japan.
1945-09-02 Formal Japanese surrender ceremony on board the MISSOURI in Tokyo Bay as 1,000 carrier-based planes fly
overhead; President Truman declares VJ Day.