BATTLE OF THE PACIFIC: From Rendova to Biak

Douglas MacArthur, the man possessed by an idea, was still taking dead aim on the lost Philippines. Last week he moved 200 miles closer to his target.

A powerful, seasoned invasion team —Army, Navy and Air — swung along the north coast of New Guinea, pounced on Biak, a large island only 300 miles from New Guinea's western tip. Once taken — a job at which the task force was bloodily busy this week — Biak would be a real strategic asset to the U.S. in its drive into Japan's inner defenses.

Biak has three airfields. It is less than 900...

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