Post by aircraftclocks on Jun 5, 2021 13:07:32 GMT 12
AT 1130 54 SBDs and 23 TBFs made pinpoint assaults on enemy AA and coastal guns on Poporang, Falsi and Shortland Islands. The enemy concentrations were thoroughly covered, with a confirmed hit scored on an automatic nest next to a coastal battery, and a large orange fire started in a probable fuel dump at Nila all on Poporang. The Poporang radar was also reported damaged, and another fire started at the north tip of the island. To complete the day's action 2 TBFs took off from Cherry Blossom at noon to make five strafing runs along the south side of the Jaba River.
Post by aircraftclocks on Jun 5, 2021 13:08:35 GMT 12
The TBF-SBD strike on Kara was cancelled, as was the projected fighter sweep to Rabaul. TWO VENTURAS on special search for a sub reported at noon on the 30th 35 miles WNW of Treasury were negative Special patrols of 2 Venturas following the B-24 strike on Rabaul were negative.