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May 13, 1942
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SOUTHWEST PACIFIC AREA (5th Air Force): B-17's and B-26's hit shipping Simpson Harbor and the Lakunai Airfield. 30th Bombardment Squadron (Heavy), 19th Bombardment Group (Heavy), transfers from Cloncurry to Longreach with B-17's. Over Port Moresby, Airacobras from the 8th Fighter Group (8th FG) intercept A6M2 Zeros. Shot down is P-39D Airacobra 41-6945 pilot 2nd Lt. Hervey Carpenter (survived).

IJN: A6M2 Zeros from the Tainan Kokutai (Tainan Air Group) sweep Port Moresby. Over the target area, engaged by P-39 Airacobras from the 8th Fighter Group (8th FG). Lost is A6M2 pilot Honda (KIA).

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