BATTLE OF AUSTRALIA: If We Had a Little More

On Australia's northern perimeter of islands the Japanese had to take more than they dished out last week. Allied bombs ripped ships and men in the harbors of New Guinea and New Britain. Bombs tore runways, wrecked hangars and aircraft on invasion airdromes of New Guinea and Timor. Said a spokesman in Melbourne: "We are trying to keep the Japanese from stabilizing their position. . . . If we had a little more equipment, we could do it."

With what they had, U.S. and Australian airmen strove to smash, scatter and delay the assembling Japanese convoys and air fleets before...

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