World Battlefronts: Snooper Shoot

After a week's tour with one of the Third Fleet's task forces, in the neighborhood of Bougainville, TIME Correspondent William Chickering cabled:

"For most of the week it was ideal torpedo weather. The high tropic moon flaunted itself above masses of gauzy clouds. During these nights death passed the ships so close that we could hear 'the beating of his wings.' Some nights we had the advantage of black storms but even in dense rain and squall, weirdly lit by lightning, the Japanese snoopers sought us. One torpedo plane found us and tried to hit our flanks.

"The regular nightly diversion...

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