World Battlefronts: BATTLE OF THE PACIFIC: Shrinking Perimeter

The Jap, short of available aircraft, edged back nervously before mounting Allied air power in the Pacific.

In New Guinea Allied bombers ranged beyond Salamaua, to which Jap soldiers still clung, to hit at the Jap supply route which winds through the jungles and along the shore. They smacked faraway Wewak, where the route begins, sank three 7,000-ton freighters in the harbor there, set a fourth transport and a destroyer ablaze. They smashed Jap headquarters at Lae with 84 tons of bombs.

In the Solomons, where air attacks have increased in weight and...

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