The 3rd Bomb Group’s Combat Debut: Prelude to the Royce Raid

The Pacific War raged on as the men endured the Bataan Death March.

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By April 1942, the 3rd Bomb Group was about two weeks into training on the B-25. This training was suddenly put to the test when an order came through for any operational 3rd Bomb Group B-25s to fly to Port Moresby for a raid on the Japanese airfield at Gasmata on April 6th. These planes and crews came from the 13th Squadron, since they already had their new bombers. Six B-25s took off from Charters Towers, Australia on April 5th for a night’s stay in Port Moresby, prepared to hit Gasmata on the 6th. The 13th Squadron C.O., Capt. Herman Lowery, would lead the strike.

The next day, five of the B-25s took off (the sixth was unable to) without a fighter escort due to the distance to the target. This was the official combat debut of the B-25. The 350-mile flight from Port Moresby to Gasmata was pushing the…

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About GP Cox

Everett Smith served with the Headquarters Company, 187th Regiment, 11th A/B Division during WWII. This site is in tribute to my father, "Smitty." GPCox is a member of the 11th Airborne Association. Member # 4511 and extremely proud of that fact!

Posted on December 20, 2014, in Uncategorized, WWII and tagged , , , , , , , , . Bookmark the permalink. 8 Comments.

  1. Fascinating story all round, flying without maps and using celestial navigation for bearings, that is improvisation, the setbacks must have been dauntingand frustrating.
    Ian

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  2. Thank you very much for the reblog! 🙂

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  3. It seems that it was never a lack of men willing to fight.

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