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, offer, operations, and exposure
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We all quickly took cover. " Crew chiefs would take their straw ground mats, blankets, and rifles down to their aircraft to guard against any Japanese infiltrators trying to sabotage the aircraft at night. On 30 August, SBDs reported a Japanese destroyer moving southward toward Guadalcanal. That evening, after four days of combat, of the original 14 P-400s only three remained immediately operational, but mechanics worked feverishly all night to get others into the air. Three Air Force pilots were on standby alert from midnight, sitting in the cool hangars waiting for something to happen, but just before dawn the destroyer slipped in undetected, landed its troops, and was gone.
Thomas Christian and made up of Lts. Chilson, Dutton, and Wythes, was sent on CAP over the shipping at Tulagi, particularly the USS Burroughs, which ran aground trying to anchor for the night after unloading troops and supplies off Cactus. Flights led by Captains Brannon and Thompson and followed by Lts. Childress, Dillon, Fincher, Fountain, and Johnston climbed to their customary 14,000 feet, orbiting in clouds, while the Wildcats climbed to 28,000 feet. The dive-bombers turned out to be Zeros from the carriers Shokaku and Zuikaku that were based at Buka airfield in the far western Solomons for refueling.
After a while the Japanese formations would try to fly a course around islands along the Slot to avoid the coast watchers. A black flag raised over the Pagoda (Allied air ops HQ) indicated an imminent air raid, and Cactus personnel headed for their slit trenches and the coconut logreinforced bomb shelters. Wildcats and PAOOs scrambled to take off two by two through either blinding dust or slogging mud, depending on the weather and time of day, on a runway that was covered with hastily filled bomb and shell craters and rutted by the solid rubber tires of carrier aircraft.
13th Fighter Command in World War II : air combat over Guadalcanal and the Solomons by Dr William Wolf (Mi