USS Bunker Hill CV-17 Sailor's Censored Mail Jan 2, 1944 - Bismarck Archipelago

USS Bunker Hill CV-17 Sailor's Censored Mail Jan 2, 1944 - Bismarck Archipelago

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USS Bunker Hill CV-17 Sailor's Censored Mail Jan 2, 1944 - Bismarck Archipelago

Bunker Hill went on to air raids on Kavieng in support of the amphibious landings in the Bismarck Archipelago (25 December 1943, 1 January, and 4 January 1944); air raids in the Marshall Islands (29 January – 8 February); the large-scale carrier air raids on Truk Atoll (17–18 February), during which eight I.J.N. warships were sunk; air raids on the Marianas Islands (Guam, Saipan, and Tinian) (23 February); air raids on Palau, Yap, Ulithi, and Woleai in the Palau Islands (30 March – 1 April); raids in support of the U.S. Army landings around Hollandia (21–28 April); air raids on Truk, Satawan, and Ponape in the Caroline Islands (29 April – 1 May), and combat operations in the Marianas in support of the amphibious landings on Saipan and Guam (12 June – 10 August), including the titanic Battle of the Philippine Sea, just west of the Marianas.