Except for several ships sunk or damaged in a raid by U. January 31, - U. Troops holding out in the Philippines surrender on Mindanao.
In a massive air battle that took place on June 19, 4 days after landings on Saipan, the Japanese lost more than planes to an American loss of less than The entire area was placed under the strategic direction of the U.
February 15, - British surrender at Singapore.
Sixth Army attacks Japanese in Manila. The Japanese experienced similar success in securing their eastern flank. May 6, - Japanese take Corregidor as Gen. Jonathan Wainwright becomes the new U. March 18, - Gen.
March 3, - U. January 7, - Japanese attack Bataan in the Philippines. Its excellent maneuverability and exceptional range allowed it to outperform all other fighters that it encountered in the first years of World War II. March 5, - Gen. Lofton Henderson, a hero of Midway.
The principal islands taken were Kwajaleinwhich was invaded by an Army force on February 1, and the islands of Roi and Namur, which were invaded by Marines on February 3 and 6.
October 11, - U. The Japanese sallied forth to offer battle to the U. The Japanese had gained a foothold on the island by December 24 and forced a surrender the next day. December 31, - Emperor Hirohito of Japan gives permission to his troops to withdraw from Guadalcanal after five months of bloody fighting against U.
May 3, - Japanese take Tulagi in the Solomon Islands. September - Battle of Bloody Ridge on Guadalcanal. In the Coral Sea the U. May 31, - Japanese end their occupation of the Aleutian Islands as the U.
They seized the ports of Balikpapan and Kendari on January This victory paved the way for eventual success in the Marianas, and provided a demonstration of the interdependence of operations in the Southwest and Central Pacific Areas. Both sides probably lost more men from sickness and disease than from battle, and thousands of Filipino and American soldiers died in Japanese captivity due to abuse and neglect.
July 27, - American troops complete the liberation of Guam. The main force of the Japanese Army was still deployed on the Chinese mainland and in Manchuria for fear of Soviet intentions.
February 1, - Japanese begin evacuation of Guadalcanal. A Japanese air strike destroyed British air power at Hong Kong on December 8,and a ground attack pushed back the 12, British and 1, Canadian defenders.
December 25, - British surrender at Hong Kong. Closely supported by air and tank forces, two Japanese divisions drove down the Malay peninsula in a series of frontal attacks and flanking maneuvers. During this engagement, known as the Battle of the Philippine Sea, only three American ships were damaged.
Marines invade Saipan in the Mariana Islands. This raid revealed that the Japanese had virtually abandoned Truk as a naval base, and a plan to assault that atoll in June was abandoned.
August 16, - Gen. March 18, - War Relocation Authority established in the U.A World War II veteran who fought in the Pacific, he could usually be found post-retirement on the porch of his Austin, Texas, home, smoking cigars and chatting up his extensive circle of family and friends.
The Pacific Ocean theater, during World War II, was a major theater of the war between the Allies and Japan. It was defined by the Allied powers' Pacific Ocean Area command, which included most of the Pacific Ocean and its islands, while mainland Asia was excluded, as were the Philippines, the.
History of World War II, Pacific Theater of Operations. Includes HTML versions of official US Army, US Army Air Forces, US Marine Corps, and US Navy histories; and more. Sep 23, · Pacific War, major theatre of World War II that covered a large portion of the Pacific Ocean, East Asia, and Southeast Asia, with significant engagements occurring as far south as northern Australia and as far north as the Aleutian Islands.
March 18, - Gen. MacArthur appointed commander of the Southwest Pacific Theater by President Roosevelt. March 18, - War Relocation Authority established in the U.S. which eventually will round upJapanese-Americans and transport them to barb-wired relocation centers.
Despite the internment, over 17, Japanese-Americans sign up and fight for the U.S. in World War II in Europe. Department of History WWII Asian Pacific Theater Operation ICHIGO, and Final Operations in the War Summary of Allied Pacific Campaigns and Status of Japanese Forces, 1 February Allied Invasion of Iwo Jima and Okinawa, Okinawa, AprilDownload