B-17E “Swamp Ghost”

MONDAY, MARCH 08, 2021@01:43-WELL, RESEARCH IS THE REWARD; AS I JUST WAS SURFING THE WEBS, AND LOOK WHAT I JUST STUMBLED UPON…HAD TO TAKE A BREAK, FROM THEM BEAUTIFUL LADIES ON INSTAGRAM, AND BACK TO MY W.W.II RESEARCH!!! Brian MURZA, Killick Vison, W.W.II NAVAL RESEARCHER-PUBLISHED AUTHOR, PRESENT DAY NAVAL-MILITARY ANALYST, HIGH TREASON Q.E.II ANALYST, Niagara Falls, Ontario, Canada.

Aces Flying High

NEW GUINEA 1942

The Battle of Rabaul, fought from January to February 1942 on the island province of New Britain in New Guinea resulted in a resounding Allied defeat at the hands of the Japanese. Air raids against Australian military targets in Rabaul started on January 4th and continued until the Japanese troops landed nearby on January 22nd with the full invasion fleet arriving a day later. Around 8,000 to 9,000 Japanese troops were deployed against a garrison of 1,400 Australians known as the Lark Force.

Japanese troops enter Rabaul on January 23rd, 1942 (Photo Source: Canberra Times) Japanese troops enter Rabaul on January 23rd, 1942 (Photo Source: Canberra Times)

Following limited fighting to try to repel the invasion, the city fell within just one day and the Aussies had to withdraw. Those who were not killed or captured remained at large in the jungle of New Britain for a number of weeks. They had no supplies though and retreat was cut off with the…

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Brian MURZA/Killick Vison is battleoftheatlantic19391945; W.W.II NAVAL RESEARCHER-PUBLISHED AUTHOR, PRESENT DAY NAVAL-MILITARY ANALYST, from Canada.

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