BATTLE OF THE PACIFIC: Superior Force

Fourteen Jap ships sunk, plus 14 or 15 supply-laden barges. Two hundred and fifteen Jap planes destroyed in the air, more on the ground. Cost: 59 Allied aircraft, one warship. That was the score of two weeks' action on General MacArthur's new Pacific front.

Allied air superiority in the South Pacific had shifted from potential to actual. A few months ago the largest number of Allied planes ever to raid Rabaul was 37. In the last fortnight nights of as many as 150 bombers plus fighter escort have been over Munda and Bairoko regularly; on one day 250 sorties were made...

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