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May 18, 1942
|Pilot FPO1c Chiharu Oyama (KIA)
Crashed May 18, 1942
Over the target, the Bettys dropped their bombs over 7 Mile Drome hitting the northwest end of the runway and dispersal area damaging water supplies, telephone lines, tents, a mess hall and two trucks from the Australian Army 17th anti-tank regiment, C Troop.
After completing the bomb run, the Bettys were intercepted by Airacobras from the 8th Fighter Group, 35th Fighter Squadron and 36th Fighter Squadron. This bomber was hit causing it to catch fire and explode in mid air before crashing near Port Moresby. Afterwards escorting A6M2 Zeros of the Tainan Kōkūtai could intercept the intercepting Airacobras.
COIC Intell Resume to 1100K/19/5/42 May.
“Further to Raid 52 on 18.5.42. Two more Jap bodies were found by 53rd Bn. in vicinity where Jap bomber crashed in flames.”
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