13th Fighter Command in World War II : air combat over by Dr William Wolf (Mi

By Dr William Wolf (Mi

Within the savage air strive against over Guadalcanal after which the both bloody air battles up Solomon chain, New Georgia and Bougainville, thirteenth Fighter Command took a again seat to Marine aviation in team of workers, apparatus, provide, operations, and exposure

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The Frenchman had a daughter who was befriended by our Captain. One morning she walked by wearing his wings and we knew something had transpired the night before! " The most prevalent of the jungle maladies was called "jungle rot," and was caused by the chronic Pacific rains and humidity. Doug Canning described it: "We were always wet. Water ran through our tents in the rain and our feet were always wet. The smallest cut could become infected, and the areas between our fingers, toes, armI;lits, and even crotch would become raw.

On the 5 th , MAG-25 began operations at Henderson when its first R4D transport landed with 3,000 Ibs of welcome cigarettes and candy and returned carrying wounded. The Japanese would organize air and naval attacks 11 times in September, 16 times in October, and eight times in ,ovember. The Tokyo Express was operating nearly nightly. Beginning in August and increasing in September and. 'early October the Japanese reinforced Guadalcanal by sending Jast destroyer/transports and cruisers down the Slot from the Shortland Islands in the afternoon.

James Thomas, served from 13-16 November. Cdr. Col. Richard Mangrum from 20 August to 13 October. VMSB-231 had 16 SBDs under Maj. Leo Smith (succeeded by Capt. Ruben Iden MIA and then Capt. Elmer Glidden); landed on 30 August and was relieved on 16 October. VMBS-141 had an advance element arrive on 23 September, after which CO Maj. Gordon Bell landed with the largest squadron to operate from Cactus on 5-6 October. The squadron left the island by 19 November. Bell's successor, Lt. S. Ashcraft, was KIA on 8 November.

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