Japanese artillery on Attu, 1943
Property of Univ. of Washington, Special Collections.
5 June – On the home front of Japan, Admiral Yamamoto received a full state funeral in Tokyo. Germany honored him by awarding the Knight’s Cross w/ Oakleaves and Swords as the island nation mourned. The Japanese people were told that his plane crashed due to mechanical failure.
7 June – a major aerial battle around the Russell Islands occurred. The US aircraft shot down 19 Japanese fighters out of the 40 attackers.
7-16 June – the Japanese air sorties over the Solomon Islands became increasingly costly for the enemy in the terms of aircraft and pilots. Over Guadalcanal, the 307th Bombardment Group cost Japan 23 planes and the US had 9 downed. On the 12th, the kill-to-loss ratio widened as Japan lost 31 to the 6 American. By the 16th, the total destruction of 107 Japanese…
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