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Almost immediately, squadron tionable. " nese admitted to three merchant vessels, a mine- and increased the danger of Ma- "His airplane was fast Mitch- to strike at vital jor Wilkins' left-flank position. difliicult. Dobodura. at A in the fighting, assessment of the damage would have been ques- fire. "Smoke from bombs dropped by preceding "which and three P-38s, badly damaged cracked up while landing area by this time, actually only twelve minutes machine-gun right such as that of Hene'ory, were picked up).

In fire full erupting from "those an instant the Mitchell's left wing crumpled and the bomber smashed into the sea. Wilkins and his crew were Henebry skimmed and yawed away from Rabaul Kiriwina. a amid- squarely struck this vessel a transport of control he strafed. knocked down battle more bombs than forty, of which twenty-four were hit by course. his estimated that the Japanese put up "between 125 and 150 from his left vertical stabilizer, scoring batde "the toughest, hard- this aircraft fire vessels, an enemy destroyer.

The December 1942, first the P-38s began Japanese plane brought down by one was achieved in an unorthodox manner. According to General Kenney "a big good-natured New Orleans Cajun named Faurot" was flying over BUCCANEER 17 "When the kids returned, I asked Faurot nerve enough to claim 'the ^i? ' He grinned and asked if I was going to give him an Air Medal. I had promised one to anyone that got an official in air victory. I said, 'Hell, no. " With a few airplanes to his credit and some new eager kids to fly them, Kenney felt himself reasonable able to take on the "Nip" in his was echoed, almost yard.

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