By Dr William Wolf (Mi
Within the savage air strive against over Guadalcanal after which the both bloody air battles up Solomon chain, New Georgia and Bougainville, thirteenth Fighter Command took a again seat to Marine aviation in group of workers, gear, provide, operations, and exposure
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The large main Japanese force of 4,000 troops under Gen. Kiytake Kawaguchi had left the area and was headed for the Marines' defensive perimeter near Henderson. Edson moved toward the village, which was defended by seasoned, well-equipped enemy troops ordered to protect their newly arrived store of arms, ammunition, and supplies that were vital to their offensive. As his force took up positions around Part Two, Chapter 3 - September 1942 Tasimboko Edson called for a close air strike on huts that he knew were occupied by the enemy.
The defending Marine fighters of Maj. Robert Galer's VMF-224 shot down five bombers and a Zero, while Smith's VMF-223 got three Zeros. But the Japanese hit the airfield hard, and the returning Americans landed on cratered runways, taxied past a burning hangar, three smoldering SBDs, and burning fuel and ammo dumps. Throughout the next several hours delayed action bombs detonated over the area On 4 September the 67 th had three P-400s operational and 13 pilots to fly them. Aerial reconnaissance disclosed that the Japanese were using Santa Isabel as a staging area for barges and landing craft that carried reinforcements to Guadalcanal, 75 miles to the SSE.
Statistics throughout the war show that 20 to 30% of the nonbattle casualties in the 13 th and 5 th Air Forces were lumped under that heading and caused by stress, fatigue, and "psychiatric problems" that were exacerbated by night air raids, ground and naval shelling, living conditions, food and supply shortages, boredom, and the immediacy of possible death. The price was heavy, as a Marine crew honors a fallen comrade in the cemetery at Henderson. (USMC) happen to them; that it would be the other guy.
13th Fighter Command in World War II : air combat over Guadalcanal and the Solomons by Dr William Wolf (Mi