Hollandia landings Order of battle (april 1944)

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  1. maxs75

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    USAAF
    V Air Force

    Nadzab
    USN VB-106 (FAW-1) PB4Y-1
    RAAF No. 4 Squadron (less. Det.) Boomerang (and Wirraway?)

    6th PhG(R) (8, 25, 26 PhS, 20 CMS) F-5 and F-7
    71st RG(-)

    V Fighter Command
    8th FG (35, 36, 80 FS) respectively P-40N, P-47D, P-38 (H/J?)
    475th FG (431, 432, 433 FS) P-38 (H/J?)
    421 NFS P-38/P-70

    V Bomber Command
    22d BG(H) (2, 19, 33, 408 BS) B-24 (D to J?)
    43d BG(H) (63, 64, 65, 403 BS) B-24
    90th BG(H) (319, 320, 321, 400 BS) B-24

    3d BG(L) (8, 13, 89, 90 BS) A-20
    38th BG(M) (71, 405, 822, 823) B-25 D1/G
    345th BG(M) (498-501) B-25 D/H

    54th TCW
    375th TCG (55-58 ) C-47
    433d TCG (65-70) C-47

    Saidor
    309th BW(H)
    82 RS(F) P-39Q
    58th FG (69, 310, 311) P-47D
    348th FG (340-342) P-47D
    417th BG(L) (672-675) A-20

    Gusap
    310th BW(M), 85th FW
    110 RS(F) P-39Q
    35th FG (39-41) P-47D
    49th FG (7, 8, 9) P-40N; 9th FS: P-47D till 9 april, P-38 thereafter
    312th BG(L) (386-389) A-20
    RAAF Det. A No. 4 Sqn Boomerang (and Wirraway?)

    Finschafen
    17 RS(B) B-25
    418 NFS P-70
    317th TCG (39, 40, 41, 46) C-47
    VP-34 Det. (FAW-17) PBY-5 (USS Half Moon, Langemak Bay)

    Brisbane/Townsville
    374th TCG (6, 21, 22, 23) C-47

    Darwin
    380th BG(H) (528-531) B-24


    RAAF

    Goodenough Is.

    No. 71 W (6, 8, 100 Sqn) Beaufort

    Kiriwina Is.
    No. 77 W (22, 30 Sqn) resp. Boston (A-20A), Beaufighter VI

    Momote, Admiralty Is.
    No. 73 W (76, 77, 79 Sqn) Kittyhawk IV (P-40N); No. 79: Spitfire VIII
    USN VP-33 (FAW-10) PBY-5A
    USN VP-52 (FAW-17) PBY-5 (USS Tangier, USS San Pablo)
    USAAF 868 BS(H) [13th USAAF] B-24/SB-24
    USAAF 5th BG(H) [13th USAAF] (23, 31, 72, 394) B-24

    Cape Gloucester, New Britain
    No. 78 W (75, 78, 80 Sqn) Kittyhawk IV (P-40N)
    Det. B(?) No. 4 Sqn Boomerang (and Wirraway?)
     
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    Task Force 58

    Air group 2 (USS Hornet)
    VF-2 37 F6F-3
    VB-2 33 SB2C-1C
    VT-2 19 TBF-1C

    Air group 5 (USS Yorktown)
    VF-5 37 F6F-3
    VB-5 34 SBD-5
    VT-5 17 TBF-1C
    VF(N)-76 Det. 4 F6F-3N

    Air group 8 (USS Bunker Hill)
    VF-8 36 F6F-3
    VB-8 34 SB2C-1C
    VT-8 17 TBF-1C, 1 TBF-1D
    VF(N)-76 Det. 4 F6F-3N

    Air group 10 (USS Enterprise)
    VF-10 33 F6F-3
    VB-10 23 SBD-5
    VT-10 16 TBF-1C
    VF(N)-101 Det. 4 F4U-2

    Air group 16 (USS Lexington)
    VF-16 38 F6F-3
    VB-16 34 SBD-5
    VT-16 18 TBF-1C
    VF(N)-76 Det. 4 F6F-3N, 2 TBF-1CN (?)

    Air group 23 (USS Princeton)
    VF-23 25 F6F-3
    VT-23 9 TBF-1C

    Air group 24 (USS Belleau Wood)
    VF-24 23 F6F-3
    VT-24 9 TBF-1C

    Air group 25 (USS Cowpens)
    VF-25 24 F6F-3
    VT-25 7 TBF-1C

    Air group 30 (USS Monterey)
    VF-30 24 F6F-3
    VT-30 9 TBF-1C

    Air group 31 (USS Cabot)
    VF-31 24 F6F-3
    VT-31 9 TBF-1C

    Air group 32 (USS Langley)
    VF-32 25 F6F-3
    VT-32 9 TBF-1C

    Air group 50 (USS Bataan)
    VF-50 22 F6F-3
    VT-50 9 TBF-1C

    Task Force 77

    Air group 26 (USS Santee)
    VF-26 24 FM-2
    VT-26 9 TBF-1C

    Air group 35 (USS Chenango)
    VF-35 22 F6F-3
    VT-35 9 TBF-1C

    Air group 37 (USS Sangamon)
    VF-37 21 F6F-3
    VT-37 9 TBF-1C

    Air group 60 (USS Suwannee)
    VF-60 22 F6F-3
    VT-60 9 TBF-1C

    (USS Coral Sea)
    VC-33 14 FM-2, 12 TBF-1C

    (USS Corregidor)
    VC-41 15 FM-2, 12 TBF-1C

    (USS Manila Bay)
    VC-7 15 FM-2, 10 TBF-1C

    (USS Natoma Bay)
    VC-63 15 FM-2, 12 TBF-1C

    Replacement Carriers:
    USS Barnes
    USS Petrof Bay
     
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    G'day Max. Some more for RAAF squadrons in the New Guinea/Nothern Australia area. I have excluded all Southern units.

    1 sqn Beaufort - Gould (Darwin)
    2 sqn Beaufort - Hughes (Darwin)

    4 sqn during April had 14 Boomerangs and 3 Wirraways on strength. I can't find any info on the locations of the squadrons detachments at this time.

    5 sqn Boomerang Wirraway - Mareeba
    7 sqn Beaufort - Higgins
    11 sqn PBY - Cairns
    12 sqn Vengeance - Merauke
    18 (NEI) sqn B-25 - Darwin
    20 sqn PBY - Cairns
    22 sqn Boston - Kiriwina
    23 sqn Vengeance - Higgins
    24 sqn Vengeance - Lowood
    31 sqn Beaufighter - Coomalie Creek (Darwin)
    33 sqn C-47 - Milne Bay
    36 sqn C-47 - Garbutt
    40 sqn Sunderland III - Townsville
    41 sqn Mariner - Townsville
    43 sqn PBY - redeployed from Karumba to Darwin
    82 sqn P-40N - Ross River
    83 sqn Boomerang - Gove
    84 sqn P-40N - Horn Is.
    86 sqn P-40M N - Merauke
    1 PRU F-4 Lightning Wirraway - Coomalie Creek
    54 sqn RAF Spitfire Vc VIII - Darwin area
    452 sqn Spitfire Vc VIII - Strauss (Darwin)
    457 sqn Spitfire Vc - Livingstone (Darwin)
    120 (NEI) sqn P-40N - deployed to Merauke in April 44.
     
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    Wildcat,
    thanks for the addtional informations about RAAF!
    Some info I've taken for No. 4 Sqn are from 4 Squadron RAAF: Australian War Memorial
    Can you tell me where are the following locations?
    - Higgins: no idea.......
    - Lowood: near Brisbane?
    - Garbutt: near Townsville?
    - Gove: about 300 miles East of Darwin?
    - Merauke: southern New Guinea
    - Ross River: near Townsville?

    Any info about Wings and Groups?
    For example, No. 10 Group comprised No. 73 and No. 78 Wings at the time, and I remember a 1st FW in the Darwin area with Spitfire squadrons.

    Max
     
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    To complete I've compiled the OOB for a rear area, that was involved in the reduction of Rabaul and in the Battle for Bougainville.
    Solomons Area:
    AirNorSols

    Green Island:
    USN
    VB-115 PB4Y-1
    VD-1 Det. PB4Y-1(P)
    VF-34 F6F-3
    VB-98 Det. SBD-5
    USMC
    MAG-14
    VMF-114, 211, 212, 321 F4U-1
    VMSB-243, 341 SBD-5
    VMTB-134 TBF-1

    Bougainville Is (Torokina, and Piva?)
    USAAF
    68th FS P-39Q
    17th PhRS Det. F-5
    USN
    VB-306 SBD-5
    VT-305 TBF-1
    USMC
    MAG-24
    VMF-115, 215 F4U-1
    VMSB-235 SBD-5
    VMTB-242 TBF-1
    RNZAF
    No. 16 Sqn and No.17 in place of No. 19 around 20 april Kittyhawk IV (P-40N)
    No. 25 Sqn Dauntless (SBD-5)
    No. 30 Sqn Avenger I (TBF-1)
    No. 2 ???? Ventura (PV-1) Don't know if already there

    Treasury Is.
    USAAF
    42d BG(M) (69, 70, 75, 390) B-25 (D/H)??
    100th BS(M) B-25
    347th FG(-) (339) P-38J
    Adv base of 12th and 44th FS (18th FG) P-38H
    USN
    VB-138 PV-1
    VP-91 Det. PBY-5 (USS Chincoteague)
    VS-68 SBD-4
    USMC
    VMB-413 PBJ-1

    Vella Lavella Is. (Bakaroma)
    USMC
    VMF(N)-531 PV-1(N)

    New Georgia Is. (Munda, Ondonga, Segi)
    USAAF
    70th FS P-38 and P-39
    307th BG(H)(-) (370-372) B-24
    USN
    FAW-1
    VP-12, 81(-) PBY-5A
    VP-14 PBY-5 (USS Pocomoke)
    VB-148 PV-1
    VB-305, VB-98(-) SBD-5
    VS-64 SBD-4

    Don't know if the following were under ComAirNorSols

    Russell Is.
    USAAF
    67th FS P-39L/N

    Guadalcanal
    USAAF
    XIII FC
    18th FG (12th FS(-)) P-38H
    419th NFS P-38, P70
    XIII BC
    424th BS(H) B-24
    17th PhRS (-) F-5
    64th TCS C-47
    USN
    VS-54 SBD-3/4
    VD-1 (-) PB4Y-1(Ph)
    VP-91 (-) PBY-5 (Tulagi Is.)
    USMC
    1st MAW
    VMD-254 PB4Y-1(Ph)
    VMO-1 OY-1
    RNZAF
    No. 6 Sqn Catalina (PBY) (Halavo Bay)
    No. 20 Sqn Corsair (F4U-1)
     
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    Maxs75 .... great work youre doing. Keep it up!
     
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    You're welcome mate.

    Higgins - Cape York Peninsula, QLD
    Lowood - Yep near Brisbane
    Garbutt - Townsville
    Gove - West Coast of the Culf of Carpentaria, NT
    Merauke - Southern Dutch New Guinea
    Ross River - Townsville

    Off the top of my head Max, the 3 spitfire sqn's (54, 452, 457) did belong to No.1 Fighter Wing in the Darwin area. The 3 Vengeance sqns (21, 23, 24) belonged to 77 wing, however they were withdrawn from New Guinea in March 44 and replaced by 22 and 30 sqn's.
    Most of the Darwin based units came under NWA command so I'm not sure if they were allocated to wing formations at this time. Apart from 10 group, No.9 group was also in the New Guinea area, I'll do some more checking and get back to you with hopefully a better answer.
     
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    Thank you very much, I'm looking forward to have the informations.

    Max
     
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    I'll add the plane units based in Central Pacific, where TF 58 started and then returned after covering of Hollandia and a second Truk strike.

    USN Units: FAW-2 (HQ in Hawaii)
    USAAF Units: 7th Air Force (HQ Hawaii)

    Majuro Atoll
    USMC
    4th MBDAW
    MAG-13
    VMSB-231, 331 SBD-5
    USN
    VF-39 F6F-3
    VP-53(-) PBY-5A
    VB-142 Det. PV-1
    VJ-1 Det. JM-1, TBF-1

    Kwajalein Atoll (Roi, Kwajalein Is.)
    USMC
    MAG-31
    VMF-224, 311, 441 F4U-1
    USN
    VB-144 Det. PV-1
    VP-72 PBY-5 (USS Curtiss, Mackinac)
    VS-52(-) SBD-5
    VP-13(-), VP-102 Det. PB2Y-3
    USAAF
    VII BC
    11th BG(H) (26, 98, 431) B-24
    30th BG(H) (27, 38, 392) B-24

    Eniwetok atoll (Engebi is., Wigley field, Eniwetok is., Stickell Field)
    USMC
    MAG-22
    VMF-113, 422 F4U-1
    VMSB-151 SBD-5
    VMF(N)-532 F4U-2
    USN
    VB-108, 109 PB4Y-1
    VD-3 PB4Y-1(Ph)
    VP-13 Det., VP-102 Det. PB2Y-3
    VS-52(-) SBD-5/J2F-5

    Gilbert Islands (Makin, Tarawa, Apamama atolls)
    Apamama, O'Hare field
    USMC
    MAG-15
    VMJ-252 R5C-1
    VMJ-353 R4D-5/-1
    USN
    VS-66 Det. J2F-5
    USAAF
    9th TCS C-47
    47th, 48th BS(M) B-25 (D/G/H??) (To Makin)

    Makin Island, Starmann field
    USMC
    VMF-111 F4U-1 (MAG-31)
    USAAF
    396th BS(M) B-25 (D/G/H??); all 41st BG(M) at Makin by the end of the month)
    72 FS (318th FG) P-39Q (To Haliewa, Hawaii, 23 april)
    USN
    VS-66 Det. SBD-5

    Tarawa atoll, Hawkins and Mullinix fields
    USN
    VB-142(-), VB-144(-) PV-1
    VP-53 Det. PBY-5A
    VS-66(-) SBD-4/5
    USAAF
    41st BG(M) (820) B-25 (To Makin)
     
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    Diversion in the indian Ocean. Op. Cockpit

    Air Group 12 (USS Saratoga)
    VF-12: 44 F6F-3
    VB-12: 19 SBD-5
    VT-12: 17 TBF-1C

    HMS Illustrious
    No. 1830, 1833 Sqn. FAA: 28 Corsair (F4U-1)
    No. 810, 847 Sqn. FAA: 21 Barracuda
     
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    Hawaii:

    Ewa
    Mar. Air. Haw. Area
    VMO-4 OY-1
    VMJ-952 R5C-1
    VMF(N)-533 F6F-3N
    MAG-23
    VMF-312, 313, 322 F4U-1
    VMSB-133, 332 SBD-5
    MAG-32

    7th Air Force
    42 BS(H) B-24 (Kahuku)
    819 BS(H) B-24 (Wheeler)
    28 PhRS F-5 (Kipapa)

    John Rodger Ap.
    6 NFS (15 FG) P-70
    19 TCS C-47

    VII FC
    Bellows
    318 FG (19, 73, 333) P-47D
    531 FS A-24

    Mokuleia
    15 FG (45, 47, 48 ) P-40N/P-47D
    46 FS P-39Q (Wheeler)

    FAW 2
    Kanehoe
    VP-13 Det. PB2Y-3
    VP-102 PB2Y-3
    VP-16, 202, 216 PBM-3D
    VB-146, 150(-) PV-1
    VP-24(-) PBY-5A
    VB-101 PB4Y-1

    VB-200 PV-1
    VP-200 PBY-5A

    Pearl Harbour
    VS-46, 53, 69 SBD-5
    VJ-1, 2, 12 JM-1, PV-1, BD-2, TBF

    Honolulu
    VR-2(-) PBM-3R
    VR-11 R5D-1, RY-2

    Barbers Point
    VD-1 Det. PB4Y-1
    VD-3 Det. PBJ-1
    VD-4 PB4Y-1, F6F-3
    VF(N)-76(-) F6F-3N
    VF(N)-77 F6F-3N
    VF(N)-101(-) F4U-1/2

    Midway Island
    VMO-155 F4U-1
    VMSB-245 SBD-5/4
    VP-24 Det. PBY-5A

    Johnston Island
    VS-47(-) SBD-4
    VB-150 Det. PV-1
    FAW-2 Det. PV-1
     
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    I believe the 42 Bg was involved in the invasion of the Green Islands and reduction of Rebaul as well as othe COM AIR SOL operatons. Maurer extract:
    Entered combat in Jun 1943, using B-25's and operating from bases in the Solomon Islands. Attacked Japanese airfields, personnel areas, gun positions, and shipping in the central Solomons. Engaged primarily in the neutralization of enemy airfields and harbor facilities on New Britain from Jan to Jul 1944, but also supported ground forces on Bougainville and attacked shipping in the northern Solomons and the Bismarcks. Later, beginning in Aug 1944, bombed airfields and installations on New Guinea, Celebes, and Halmahera, and flew photographic reconnaissance missions, while operating from bases in New Guinea and Morotai.
    Stations:
    Fiji Islands, 22 Apr 1943; Guadalcanal, 6 Jun 1943; Russell Islands, Oct 1943; Sterling, Solomon Islands, 20 Jan 1944; Hollandia, Aug 1944; Sansapor, New Guinea, Sep 1944; Morotai, Feb 1945; Puerto Princesa, Palawan,

    Campaigns:
    Campaigns. Antisubmarine, American Theater; China Defensive; New Guinea; Northern Solomons; Bismarck Archipelago; Western Pacific; Leyte; Luzon; Southern Philippines; China Offensive.

    Decorations. Distinguished Unit Citation: Balikpapan, Borneo, 23-30 Jun 1945. Philippine Presidential Unit Citation.
     
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    #13 philmarchese, Jan 19, 2011
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    The 41 BG participated in the neutralization of the by-passed island in the Marshalls, Penope; Narau and the Carolines. The 396 and 820 were on Betio; 47 and 48 on Abamama ( O'Hare) and Makin islands full group Starman Field Buritania Island (sp?) They shuttled out of the US captured Islands in the Marshall and the 48 BS detached to Saipan for the invasion of Guam and Tinian. The VII BC (FORWARD) was under land based (aircraft) USMC MG? Hoover which may have task force 58.3. Only in July 1945 did they come under AAF operational control in FORWARD areas, then under FEAF from Yonton, Okinawa. The 41st tested a a few (1-3) H series in combat but rejected hem and relegated them to their CCRC in TH. Some J series were in use as flight leaders during the shuttle mission era and many during the Air Offensive from Kadena.
     
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    Defense of TH: delete 42 BG add 41 BG. Both the 90h Bg and the 307 BG were also in the 7h AF and defense of the HI sea Frontier in late 1942 unil the 11 Bg was retired from the SP and returned to TH. 531st was BS(D) ( not FG) and also particiated in neutralization of bypassed Marshalls. 11 BG attacked Midway and possibly 307 BG
     
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