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November 7, 1943
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SUNDAY, 7 NOVEMBER 1943

CHINA (Fourteenth Air Force): Two B-25's bomb Amoy Harbor, claiming several boats sunk. 6 P-40's attack a bridge at Hsiangyangchiao, causing only minor damage.

SOUTH PACIFIC THEATER OF OPERATIONS (Thirteenth Air Force): In the Solomons, 8 B-25's bomb barge concentration and beach targets in Atsinima Bay. 21 B-24's pound Buka Airfield.

SOUTHWEST PACIFIC THEATER OF OPERATIONS (Fifth Air Force): Aproximately 10 Japanese bombers and Ki-43 Oscar fighters of the 13th and 59th Sentai attack Nadzab. Intercepting were eight P-39Qs (40th FS) and eight P-47Ds (36th and 342nd FS). Two bombers were lost including Ki-21 Sally 6323 and three Ki-43s. Twenty-five B-24's escorted by 60+ P-38's bomb Rapopo Airfield. A large force of enemy fighters intercepts the formations and in the ensuing battle US airplanes claim 20+ fighters shot down and several more destroyed on the ground. Five P-38s are lost: P-38H 42-66911 (POW), P-38H 42-66669. P-38G 43-2199, P-38G 43-2386 (MIA) and P-38 of 475th Fighter Group (475th FG).

P-38s from the 49th Fighter Group, 9th Fighter Squadron led by Richard I. Bong flew a fighter sweep over Rabual. Over Simpson Harbor, no enemy planes were spotted so the P-38s flew between the peaks of Mother (Mount Kombiu) and Daughter volcanoes then made a low pass over the Malaguna Road the main street in Rabual and claimed to observe vehicles pulling off the road to take cover before pulling up with anti-aircraft fire busting behind them. Afterwards, the formation returned without any interception.

Nine B-25's bomb Wewak and 40+ others turn back when the fighter escort is intercepted over Nadzab; enemy aircraft attack Nadzab and Bena Bena; 16 US aircraft are destroyed or damaged by the raids but 14 airplanes are claimed as shot down by US fighters. HQ 71st Reconnaissance Group arrives at Port Moresby from the U.S. The 529th Bombardment Squadron (Heavy), transfers from Manbulloo to Long Strip with B-24's.

JAAF: Nine Ki-21 Sallys from 14th Sentai took off from Wewak as one of nine on a bombing mission against Nadzab Airfield. Over Alexishafen Airfield at 6,600' rendezvoused with Ki-43 Oscars from 13th Sentai flying close escort and 248th Sentai flying top cover.

Over the sea approaching the target area, the formation was intercepted by four P-40 Warhawks from the 8th Fighter Squadron (8th FS) flying a fighter sweep that attacked the escorting Oscars and reported catching them by surprise and claimed three shot down before departing, in fact, only two Oscars from the 248th Sentai were lost.

The formation climbed over Finisterre Range and arrived over the target area between 19,700' to 21,000'. Over the Markham Valley, intercepted by U. S. fighters including eight P-39Q Airacobras from the 40th Fighter Squadron and eight P-47D Thunderbolts from the 36th Fighter Squadron and 352nd Fighter Squadron that targeted the formation claimed to be nine bombers escorted by ten fighters. Over the target area, two K-21 Sallys were shot down including Ki-21 Sally 6323 that exploded in mid air. Three escorting Oscars were shot down over the target.

The rest of the bombers released their bombs over the target area and claimed extensive damage. Returning, four Sallys ditched off the north coast of New Guinea and three Sallys landed at Madang or Alexishafen.

On November 9, 1943 U. S. bombers attacking Alexishafen Airfield claimed five bombers with two medium bombers set on fire, possibly one of the Sallys that force landed two days prior. On November 10, 1943 U. S. bombers claimed another medium bomber set on fire. Likely, these claims relate to this or other Sally bombers abandoned at Alexishafen Airfield.



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