World Battlefronts: BATTLE OF THE PACIFIC: Hero into Soldier

A hint of waxing Jap air power appeared in the South Pacific last week. For months only handfuls of Japanese raiders had stung Allied bases in New Guinea and the Solomons. Suddenly they swarmed out in force. Twenty-six bombers and eleven fighters struck at Wau, the airfield closest to Jap-held Salamaua. Forty raiders attacked Oro Bay south of Buna. Jap air strength, waning at the end of 1942, seemed to be surging back.

Two Jap convoys moved south through the Bismarck Sea. Allied planes, scouting and bombing as far as the Dutch East...

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