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August 8, 1943
Today in World War II Pacific History
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SOUTH PACIFIC THEATER OF OPERATIONS (Thirteenth Air Force): On Kolombangara 23 B-25's, with P-38's, P-39's, and US Navy F4U's as cover, bomb Vila and Buki Harbor. The 72d Bombardment Squadron (Heavy), 5th Bombardment Group (Heavy), which has been operating from Guadalcanal with B-17's since October 1942, ceases combat operations and regroups at it's base on Espiritu Santo. The squadron will transition to B-24D's and re-enter combat in Oct 43.

SOUTHWEST PACIFIC THEATER OF OPERATIONS (Fifth Air Force): B-24's attack Larat, shipping at Semboh, and barges at Kokas. Lost is B-24D "Big Emma" 41-23751 (KIA). The 431st Fighter Squadron, 475th Fighter Group, based at Amberley Field begins operating from Port Moresby with P-38's. The squadron will fly it's first mission on Thursday, August 12, 1943.

USN: PT-113 ran aground and was abandoned on Veale Reef near Tufi.

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