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After these two cosdy attempts, the Japanese chose to leave Marilinan reasonably unmolested. On up the next day, his August 17, 1943, Kenney opened campaign upon the Wewak airdromes. Re- connaissance photos revealed more than two hun- dred aircraft distributed But, Boram, Dagua, and among the installations at Wewak. It was after mid- night that B-17s and B-24s from Port gan dropping bombs on the various Moresby be- targets. Although Japanese night fighters attempted interception, antiaircraft fire and searchlights proved to be the formidable, resulting in the loss of three heavy most bomb- Early morning photographs accounted for "at ers.

This was a bitter development for Kenney, already relieved the overworked 19th who had Bombard- ment Group, which had begun flying their equally overworked B-17s back to the United States. In what with in —and "borrowing" (on the second mission to Rabaul the B-24 carrying Group Commander Colonel Arthur training set leakages discovered in the cooling system, problems the operational P-38s by the South Pacific of command Solomons campaign. Eventually, in to operate. The December 1942, first the P-38s began Japanese plane brought down by one was achieved in an unorthodox manner.

Am force) BUCCANEER "We now about were convoy on 21 port its opposite the middle of the Havocs each wheeled almost left to come in against Our two Vs side. [left] at right angles to the We broadside. it down from about 2,000 feet of six now were sliding an angle that at would have us brushing the masts as we went ovei enemy ships. "The time was the . exactly "Young Charles Mayo wingman, and right V side of our and two The 10:03. ships ahead left. were I on the flying was a ship ahead leader, flight followed me.

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