Assigned to the U. S. Navy (USN) as USS Coos Bay (AVP-25).
On January 1, 1944 anchored at Blanche Harbor in the Treasury Islands and operated with Task Group 33.1 of Task Force 33 of the Third Fleet with Fleet Air Wing One. Coos Bay maintained the seaplane base at this location and tended to PBY Catalina flying boats conducting rescue missions, anti-submarine searches and utility flights.
On January 13, 1944 attacked by enemy aircraft that bombed Stirling Airfield bombs straddled the vessel but caused no damage.
On March 5, 1944
RNZAF Catalina piloted by F/Sgt J. B. Monk landed at Blanche Bay with Bauwens, Marcey and Lund rescued from B-24J Liberator piloted by Haire rescued from Saint Georges Channel.
USS Coos Bay (AVP 25) War Diary - January 1944
USS Coos Bay (AVP 25) War Diary - March 1944
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August 4, 2020