World Battlefronts: Along the Coast

The long arm of U.S. land-based air power reached farther west and north from New Guinea toward the Japanese island defenses. Army and Navy commands in the Pacific were working more closely together than they ever had before.

MacArthur's sweep west along the New Guinea coast, spearheaded and backed by the greatest concentration of naval power he had ever had, had given the U.S. new airfields 500 miles closer to the enemy's inner positions. From the three big airdromes at Hollandia (on which U.S. engineers worked this week), U.S. long-range bombers can now reach the southern tip of the Philippines (although with...

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